Bulletin for Sunday, May 10, 2009

 

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Pastor’s Corner . . . Our annual fundraising dinner last Sunday, with 165 people in attendance, was a great success and lots of fun. The organizing and production of this annual dinner is an immense undertaking; unless you’ve worked on one of these, you can have no idea of the scores of hours, the dozens of sleepless nights, and the wheelbarrows-full of Tums consumed by the many parishioners who have labored during the past months to prepare a memorable evening for all. They’d all given me strict orders not to thank them, but I can’t do that. 

First & foremost: The Marchetti Family—All of them, esp. Antonio, Maria, and their son Michael, and the staff of Columbus Park Trattoria who prepared, donated and served the meal for our guests. Grazie mille.

Our fearless leader in this evening’s endeavors will go straight to Heaven: Marjan Falek. The poor girl made the mistake nearly ten years ago of wandering into our roadside chapel to find some peace and spiritual comfort.  Well she found the Catholic faith—and more work than she ever anticipated.  I believe this is her fifth fundraising dinner, and she’s done a superb job. God bless you, Marjan!

The other members of the committee who put in so many, many hours are: Mirella Badetti & Tracy Banahan ; Juanita Evans, & Landa Leute. This group has developed such a marvelous expertise in fundraising dinners that they should begin their own company. Thank you, ladies.

Another group of parish ladies spent weeks devising the evening’s dessert : they baked 347 cupcakes!  The Cupcake Battalion was lead by our own fearless Head Cup Cake herself, Tracy Banahan, with her baking staff:  Noreen De Soye, Landa Leute, Angela Marchetti, Maria Mossa, Jennifer Marchetti, Sue DePreta and her friend Anne. I think I ate at least 200 of those treats, and they were worth every calorie.

Rosa Marchetti, Lisa D’Acunto, Marisa Carpanzano and the young ladies of the parish Maria Goretti Society helped make all run smoothly by performing those small gracious actions of hospitality and the Maria Goretti ladies also helping with checkout, that rendered the evening especially fine.  I’d like to thank our parish young ladies for their generous efforts.

             I’m grateful to all those parishioners who donated goods and services: permit me to mention just a few—the Marchetti Family for the superb food, and the staff of Columbus Park for their generous work; Nick & Terri Troilo of Nicholas Roberts Fine Wines of Darien, for the evening’s wines; Frank Carpanzano of Advance Travel for our air line tickets, assistance and guidance in the tricky world of travel arrangements; Designs By Lee for lending us the colorful table centerpieces; Dr. Joseph McAleer, our head parish trustee, and his staff of the Fairfield County Catholic for their superb work on the invitations and program design and printing; Bill Skidd, of Collins Funeral Home, who turned his carpentry skills from coffins to cupcake displays Sunday evening.

            Fr. Audette and the incomparable Mike Guarnieri as auctioneers; Margarita & Roberto Ucero and John Mossa for using their abundant math skills and taking care of a speedy speedy bid tallying; Dr. Joseph McAleer, Millie Terenzio and William Leute for welcoming and checking people in; Donna Cycon, Mary Cycon, Jeff Spetland, and Tom Banahan  who helped at check out, Michael Cycon for mowing the lawns, Ferry Galbert, Tony Colon and Gary Belmonte, and Marion Morris of our parish staff; Mary Bozzuti Higgins and The Treblemakers who sang their hearts out in their brief entertainment program; to all the local businesses who donated goods and services for our auctions; and to all those who made financial donations for the success of the evening. We are very, very grateful to you all for your love for St. John’s. God bless you and your families for your goodness.   –Mons. DiGiovanni

  Please pray for the sick… Anthony & Mary Ellen Sansone, Mons. John Horgan-Kung, Mike McNamee, Paul Rittman, Sal Sciazza, Ed Koplos, Rosemarie Drexel, John Castellano, Lily Rice, Marion Giordano, Ray Flaharty, Philippe Renard, John Mellace, Christine Exantus, Evelyn Flaharty

 Please pray for those who have recently died  Sheila Kilcoyne, Mary Daly, Brazilia Walker, Joseph Barrone, Evelyn Bauman, Phil DeFelice Sr., Alice Banning, Paul Eldridge, Antoinetta Fiore, Marie Corcoran, Eugene Rizzi, Denis O’Neil.

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 NOT meet during May. Our next study group will begin on June 3rd to begin studying 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 Biblical Greek . . . Will NOT meet until May 21st for a general review at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory. 

 

Parish Women’s Society Meets every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the Rectory for prayer, refreshments and conversation.  All are welcome; please, join us:  just walk in the first front door. 

 

St. Anne Family Society presents “Celebration of the Sacraments” on Sunday, May 17th beginning with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Church at 5:00 pm and moving to the Church Hall at 5:30 p.m. for Pizza and Pasta and a celebration for those who have received 1st Penance, 1st Holy Communion, and Confirmation this Spring and for their families. Please call the Parish Secretary if you are planning on attending 324 1553 so we can plan accordingly. Thanks very much! See you on the 17th…

 

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 June 2nd.  

 

20’s & 30’s Group 20’s and 30’s annual picnic will be held on Monday, June 8th. We will have the Rosary in the Church from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. followed by the Picnic in the Backyard. Bring a friend…Give us a call so we can plan for food: 324-1553, ext. 21.

 Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin… Anyone interested in a summer study course of Latin, please let me know: It will be basic grammar—Dick and Jane—so, don’t be afraid. If you’re interested, please give Monsignor a call: (203) 324-1553, ext. 11.   There will be no charge.

 Solemn Vespers. . . Which is Evening Prayer for the Solemnity of Pentecost, and celebrating the May 30th, 1886 dedication of our church, will be offered on Saturday, May 30th at 5:30 p.m. in the church. Light refreshments to follow. All are welcome.

 

Pope Benedict XVI. . . Is on an apostolic visit to the Holy Land this weekend.  Please keep the Successor of Saint Peter in your prayers that his work may contribute to peace and justice in the region.

 Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . The parish goal this year is $85,000. Please consider making a donation to help our Bishop: next weekend we will have the In-Pew opportunity to  make a donation. Please be generous.

 

 

 

May 17th  Sunday Readings:  Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48; 1 Jn. 4:7-10; Jn. 15:9-17 (56)

 Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 83  (2) 146. The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.

 The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.

 Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass . . . Mass Ordinary: Missa brevis – Andrea Gabrieli, 1532-1585. Offertory motet: If Ye Be Risen Again with Christ – Orlando Gibbons, 1583-1625 (If ye be risen again with Christ, seek those things which are above where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on heavenly things and not on earthly tings, for ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Whensoever Christ, which is our life, shall show himself. Then shall we also appear with him in glory. Amen.). Communion motet: This joyful Eastertide – David’s Psalmen, 1685, arr. Chas. Wood (the text may be found in the hymnal at No. 84). The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Cantate Domino (Sing to the Lord a new song, alleluia; for the Lord has accomplished wondrous deeds, alleluia; he has revealed his justice in the sight of the Gentiles, alleluia, alleluia; His right hand and his holy arm have given him victory. [Ps. 98:1,2]); Alleluia Christus resurgens ex mortuis (Christ has been raised from the dead and will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. [Romans 6:9]); Offertory Jubilate Deo (Sing joyfully to God all the earth; let the entire earth cry out with joy to God; sing a psalm in honour of his name. Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what the Lord has done for my soul, alleluia. [Ps. 66:1,2,16]); Communion Ego sum vitis vera (I am the true vine, and you are the branches; he who abides in me and I in him, he it is who bears much fruit, alleluia, alleluia. [John 15:5]).

 Want to be a Lector at Mass? We are in need of lectors for the Saturday 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 noon Masses.  If interested, please contact Mary Bridget Gaine: (203) 978-0249 or MaryBridgetGaine@aol.com.

 

Sponsor Certificates for Baptism or ConfirmationAre happily given to parishioners of St. John’s, i.e. Those who are registered members; whose regular Mass attendance is known to the priests, or whose parish membership can be verified by the records of the weekly offertory (envelopes); who lead a virtuous life worthy of imitation by those whom they will sponsor.

 

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.

 

Mass Intentions

Saturday, May 9

  4:00 +John & Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Young

Sunday, May 10

7:30    +Lina De Vivo 50th Anniversary req. De Vivo & Munro Families

10:00 +Agnes Joseph req. Anne Marie Samedi

12:00 +Victoria Santagata req. Angela Giannitti

6:00 +Mary Anne Vagnone req.  Mr.  & Mrs.  Anthony Mastroianni

Monday, May 11

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

12:10 +Antonio D’Amico req. his son Frank

Tuesday, May 12

8:00 +Michel and Chenet Jean-Guillaume and Family req. brothers & sisters

12:10 +Birthday remembrance Virginia Carr req. Marie Carr

Wednesday, May 13

8:00 +Charles & Johnsie McKenna req. Pugliese Family

12:10 Special Intention James Cody

Thursday, May 14

8:00 +Eugene Dreksler req. Paul Murphy

12:10 +Phillip Rappa req. Millie & George

Friday, May 15

8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

12:10+Albina Sette req. Pugliese Family

Saturday, May 16

8:00 +Betsy Woolf req. Fabiola C.

12:10+Helen Robinson req. Paul Murphy

 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 Wed. 7:00 -10:30 a.m., Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St, Stamford.

 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.

 Credit Card Offertory…Make weekly or monthly donations by credit card. You can set up recurring credit card donations with the church secretary.  She can take your information over the telephone.  Call (203) 324-1553 x21.

 

St. John’s in The News . . .

   . . . 50 years ago, or so:

 

 May 14 1957:  St. John’s Holy Name Holds Dinner May 22. “St. John’s Catholic Church Holy Name Society will hold its annual dinner May 22 at Hugo’s Restaurant. Hugo Matsen, chairman, is assisted by Frank Hickey, Anthony Walsh, William E. Thompson, Norman Raymond, Jesse Seabrooks, John Hickey, Anthony Henry, A. J. Traska, Frank Finlay, Charles Schreifer and Charles Johnson. Mr. Walsh will serve as toastmaster.”

 

 May 17, 1960:  Plans Completed For Annual Dinner Of St. John’s HNS. “Plans have been completed for the ninth annual dinner of the Holy Name Society of St. John’s Church. William J. Clancy Sr., president of the Board of Education of New Haven, will be the principal speaker at the dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Half-Way House. Roland H. Trudel, president of the Stamford Chamber of Commerce, will be the toast-master. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, chaplain of the society and pastor of St. John’s Church, is honorary chairman. General co-chairmen are James C. Elsken and Anthony P. Henry.”

 

May 17, 1960:  St. John’s School Students Present Assembly On Mass.  “The May assembly at St. John’s parochial school was presented by children of the combined fifth grades, under the guidance of their teachers, Sister Mary Leonto and Mrs. Ethel Palermo. The assembly opened with the singing of the National Anthem. This was followed by a panel discussion by two groups of children. The first group discussed the Mass and the second group the various vestments worn by the priest while celebrating the Mass. The announcer for the first group, James Van Allen, presented to the audience the meaning of the Mass. Then the leader of the group, Jaculyn Hanrahan, opened the discussion supported by the following students, each of whom was responsible for a particular part of the Mass. Cathleen Sheehan, Cecilia Gillan, Patricia Lenz, John Howlett, Edward Leonard, Ann Marie Centonze, Johnnie May Gordan, Dolores Uva, John Conlon, Jo Ann Divasto, Frank Abbott, Dennis Feighery, Mary Quinn and George Tully. The discussion closed with the singing of the “Thanksgiving Hymn.” The announcer of the second group, Patrick Moriarity, explained the meaning of the vestments worn by the priest. Then the leader of the group, Jeannie Ritchie, opened the discussion and dramatization of the priest’s vestments. This discussion was supported by the following students: Janice Clary, Lynn Thompson, Anita Smith, Elizabeth Bruno, Patricia Costello, Floran Boland, Thomas Preli, Michael Farrell, Fred Lenz, Gregory Bobersky, James Gallagher, Sharon Wainwright, Clare Curry and Michael DeAngelo. This group closed with the singing of “Holy God We Praise Thy Name”.”

 

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 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 324-1553 ext 21.  Baptisms are usually performed Saturdays.

 

First Communion and Confirmation

Please call the Director of Religious Education at ext. 21 for details.  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)

 

Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come

                                                               (Part IV Revisited)                                        -Fr. Terry Walsh

 

The Sacrament of Confirmation

 

  We are in the midst of such a Holy time of the year.  After having been lifted up on the Cross for the Life of the world, our Lord rose from the dead, as He said He would, and then lived among the Apostles and Disciples for 40 days. On the Glorious 40th day, He Ascended to the Father in Heaven out of love for us. It is from there that the Father and the Son send the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit, Who will lead and guide us to all Truth. Ten days after the Ascension of Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes at Pentecost to dwell in the hearts and souls of all who are baptized and live a faithful life in Christ. We receive the fullness, or the “completion” of the graces of Baptism through the Sacrament of Confirmation.

The Church teaches us that “by the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit…they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obligated to spread and defend the faith by word and deed”(ccc1285). Moreover, “this seal of the Holy Spirit marks our total belonging to Christ, our enrollment in His service for ever, as well as the promise of divine protection in the great eschatological trial” (see also Rev. 7:2-3; 9:4 and Ezek 9: 4-6)”(ccc1296).

What are the effects of the Sacrament of Confirmation? Well, clearly, there is an ‘outpouring of the Holy Spirit’ into the soul of the one confirmed. Our souls are indelibly marked with a special ‘character’ just as the Disciples souls were on the day of Pentecost. And we are all aware of the effect it had on them. Recall that in the Garden of Gethsemane they all ran away at the moment Jesus needed them most. But upon receiving the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, they were filled with the strength and love of the Holy Spirit and all became great witnesses to Jesus by the shedding of their own blood – martyrdom – save St. John, who was the only Apostle at the foot of the Cross during our Lord’s Crucifixion and death. Tradition holds that there was an attempt to put him to death too – he was actually thrown into a vat of boiling oil – but it had no effect. He was then exiled and suffered “White” Martyrdom through daily persecutions, all for the sake of the Name of Jesus.

We, likewise, receive the graces we need to be faithful witnesses to Christ. The Catechism beautifully describes the effects of Confirmation: “(It) brings and increase and deepening of baptismal grace: it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, ‘Abba! Father!’; it unites us more firmly to Christ; it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us; it renders our bond with the Church more perfect; it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross”(ccc 1302). And St. Ambrose adds: “Recall that you have received the spiritual seal….Guard what you have received. God the Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your hearts.” We guard what we have received by “seeking the things that are above” – by faithfully living the Gospel in all that we think and say and do – by praying faithfully – and by receiving the Sacraments worthily and with thanks and praise. Congratulations to all our Confirmation Candidates who will receive the Sacrament May 14th.

 

 

 

Sunday May 3, 2009   $ 13,117.93

 

Sunday May 4, 2008   $ 12,280.52

 

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

 

Bulletin for Sunday May 3, 2009

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Pastor’s Corner . . .

May, the most beautiful of all months, when the icy grip of winter finally loosens, celebrates the most beautiful and most worthy of all women in human history, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. From its very beginning, the Church has revered Our Lady because of her personal holiness and intimate relationship with the Divine Persons of the Trinity.  The most popular prayer, the Hail Mary, is based on the words addressed to Mary by the Archangel Gabriel at the Annunciation: “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee,” recalling the wonders God was about to work in her life for the salvation of the world, by which as Our Lady responds, “all generations will call me blessed.” [Luke 1:46-55] Even during her lifetime, Mary was held in high esteem, as was any mother in Jewish society, but especially the mother of someone famous or powerful.  By the end of the first century, Mary is venerated, NOT worshiped, since only God receives worship.  Mary is venerated as the New Eve, especially described in the writings of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, who had been taught the faith by Saint Peter himself.  Mary, the most perfect representative of our human race, now makes up in her own virtuous life of faith for the sins of the first Eve. God the Father recreates all creation through Christ, the New Adam, with Mary as the human co-operator.  Saint Athanasius, one of the greatest of the Church Fathers, wrote: “O’ Virgin, your glory transcends all created things because of Christ, O Mother of God the Word. We say that cherubs are sublime, but you are more sublime than they: cherubs support the throne of God, but you support God within your arms.  Seraphs are close to God, but you are closer than they: Seraphs hide their faces with their wings, unable to look at the perfect glory of God, but you not only contemplate His face, but caress and suckle Him.” [Virgin Mother of God] The Council of Ephesus in 431 formally defined the role of Mary in our salvation: Mary can be called the Mother of God, since she gave human form to the Eternal God.  She didn’t create God, as no mother creates her child, but gave birth to the Eternal God in the flesh. The centuries-old popular devotion to Our Lady then became even more popular. As the Church spread throughout Europe in the 5th century and during later centuries, Mary was held in reverence as the mother of all believers, constantly interceding with Her Son for us while constantly pointing us toward her Son.  In Northern Europe, where the winters are harsh, May was the first month of new life, with flowers finally blooming after long winters.  Mary, the greatest boast of our race, and the most perfect representative of humankind, who shared her humanity with God in Jesus, was honored in May especially with flowers that represent the new creation by God through Christ, such as the lily, the rose, the marigold, and numerous wild-flowers, lady-fern, lady’s mantel, lady’s slipper, maidenhair fern, lady’s thimble, to mention only a few.  Our Lady is the exemplar of the Christian life, of one who is totally dedicated to Our Lord.  She is also our mother, the New Eve, who gave birth to a new creation in Christ, who prays constantly for our salvation.  May is naturally the most beautiful of months.  Let us imitate that natural beauty by dedicating ourselves to follow Our Lady, making our lives blossom in virtue in her honor and for the love of Her Son.   –Mons. DiGiovanni

 

             Please pray for the sick… Anthony & Mary Ellen Sansone, Mons. John Horgan-Kung, Mike McNamee, Paul Rittman, Sal Sciazza, Ed Koplos, Rosemarie Drexel, John Castellano, Lily Rice, Marion Giordano, Ray Flaharty, Philippe Renard, John Mellace, Christine Exantus, Evelyn Flaharty

        Please pray for those who have recently died  Sheila Kilcoyne, Mary Daly, Brazilia Walker, Joseph Barrone, Evelyn Bauman, Phil DeFelice Sr., Alice Banning, Paul Eldridge, Antoinetta Fiore, Marie Corcoran, Eugene Rizzi, Denis O’Neil

 St. John’s Bible Study We are using The Bible Timeline Series every Thursday in the rectory at 7:30 p.m.  Join us!  Next meeting:  May 7th.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … Will NOT meet during May. Our next study group will begin on June 3rd to begin studying 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 Biblical Greek . . . meets each Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory. 

Parish Women’s Society Meets every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the Rectory for prayer, refreshments and conversation.  All are welcome; please, join us:  just walk in the first front door.  Our next meeting will be on May 9th.

Religion Classes for Adults We meet in the rectory at 7:30 p.m.  The class is on a 7-week cycle: these are the last classes until October: Tuesday May 5th and May 12th.   Please contact Providencia at (203­) 324 -1553 ext. 21.

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 May 5th.

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.

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin… Anyone interested in a summer study course of Latin, please let me know: It will be basic grammar—Dick and Jane—so, don’t be afraid. If you’re interested, please give Monsignor a call: (203) 324-1553, ext. 11.   There will be no charge.

Solemn Vespers. . . For Pentecost and celebrating the 1886 dedication of our church, will be offered on Saturday, May 30th at 7:30 pm in the church. Light refreshments. All are welcome.

Sunday April 26, 2009   $ 11,650.75

Sunday April 27, 2008   $ 12,730.31

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

 May 10th  Sunday Readings: Acts 4: 8-12, Ps 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29, 1 Jn 3:1-2, Jn 10:11-18

 Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 77  (2) 154.

 The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.

 Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass . . . Mass Ordinary: Missa quarti toni – Tomás Luis de Victoria, 1548-1611. Offertory motet: Haec Dies – Marc’Antonio Ingegneri, 1547-1592 (This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. [Ps. 118:24,1]). Communion motet: Credo quod Redemptor – Alonso Lobo, 1555-1617 (I believe that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And in my flesh shall I see God my Saviour.). The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Misericordia Domini (The earth is full of the mercy of the Lord, alleluia; by the word of the Lord, the heavens were established, alleluia, alleluia. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! Praising befits those who are upright. [Ps.33:5,6,1]; Alleluia Ego sum pastor bonus (I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my own know me. [John 10:14]); Offertory Deus, Deus meus (O God, my God, from daybreak do I watch for you; and in invocation of your name will I lift up my hands. [Ps. 63:2,5]); Communion Ego sum pastor bonus (I am the good shepherd, alleluia; I know my sheep and my own know me, alleluia, alleluia. [John 10:14]).

 Want to be a Lector at Mass? We are in need of lectors for the Saturday 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 noon Masses.  If interested, please contact Mary Bridget Gaine: (203) 978-0249 or MaryBridgetGaine@aol.com.

Sponsor Certificates for Baptism or ConfirmationAre happily given to parishioners of St. John’s, i.e. Those who are registered members; those whose regular Mass attendance is known to the priests, or whose parish membership can be verified by the records of the weekly offertory (envelopes).

Ladies’ Night OutSpring into Fashion fundraiser to benefit Trinity Catholic Middle School on Thursday, May 7th.  Please join us at The Italian Center for an evening of fashion, dinner, and fun! Great Basket Raffles and Exciting Silent Auction. Door Prizes!!  Tickets: $60. For details, or to make a donation to support Trinity Catholic Middle School, please call Ann Waters at (203) 322-8470 or annwaters1@aol.com..

Mass Intentions

St. John’s in The News . . .

   . . . 50 years ago, or so:

 May 8, 1958:  CDA Court Notes Golden Anniversary. “The Most Rev. Lawrence J. Shehan, Bishop of Bridgeport, speaking to members and guests of Catholic Daughters of America, Court St. Mary 82, said he was deeply impressed with the activities of the Court. He outlined the two things required to produce Christian character, as intellectual and moral excellence. The occasion of Bishop Shehan’s presence was the banquet in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the court held at Stamford Yacht Club. Another guest speaker was the Rev. John Bennett of Avon, newly appointed state chaplain of CDA. The Rev. Bennett urged the women to imitate the model of women, Mary, the Mother of God and stressed their obligation to safeguard the morals of the world. Among the honored guests were members of the clergy from Stamford including Right Reverend Monsignor Nicholas P. Coleman, Pastor of St. John’s Church, Right Reverend Monsignor Charles Hagearty and the Reverend William A. Nagle.”

            May 6, 1960:  “Members of the St. John’s Catholic Church annual dinner committee will meet after mission services tonight, in the lower chapel, to make ticket returns for the dinner May 18th.” 

 May 7, 1962:  K of C Members Set New Record. “”He deserves any honor the Church or its laymen can bestow upon him,” the Most Rev. Walter W. Curtis, S.T.D., Bishop of Bridgeport, said Sunday night of the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, D.A.V.F., pastor of St. John’s Church. Bishop Curtis addressed more than 600 Knights of Columbus and their wives at a dinner which culminated the annual meeting of the Fourth Degree Knights of the Southern District of Connecticut. The weekend’s festivities were highlighted by the exemplification of Fourth Degree on 239 members Sunday afternoon at Burdick Junior High School. The exemplification was named in honor of Msgr. Coleman, senior priest in the Bridgeport Diocese and a Fourth Degree Knight for 56 years. The class was the largest this year in New England and the largest in the history of the Lafayette Assembly of Stamford. The Fourth Degree is known as the Patriotic Degree of the Knights of Columbus and each contingent carried a large American Flag as well as a banner for the assembly. In congratulating Msgr. Coleman, Bishop Curtis said, “When you have worked as hard as he has for the Mystical Body of Christ you deserve every honor”.”

 

Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come

                                                               (Part III)                                Fr. Terry Walsh

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

When St. John writes in his first letter, “God IS love” he teaches us that we are called to abide in that love and be a conduit for that love. The Catechism teaches: “Love is the 1st gift of God, containing all others”(ccc733). And St. Paul reminds us, “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us”(Rm 5:5).

One of the most beautiful images of this relationship is the “Allegory of the Vine and the Branches” in the Gospel of John, chapter 15. In this chapter, Jesus reveals to his disciples, all of us, that He alone is the true vine and that we who are baptized into His Mystical Body are like braches on the vine. Just as a branch receives life from the vine and is able to bear fruit, so too are we able to have life and bear “spiritual fruit” through the nourishment we receive from Christ, “the Vine.” This nourishment, this grace, is the very essence of love, God Himself. It is the Holy Spirit who dwells in us and animates us, provided we cooperate with His inspirations and are docile to His promptings. Jesus said,  “If you love Me you will keep My commandments.” “Follow Me.” “You are children of the Light; walk in the Light.” As we seek to grow in moral virtue—in the “Light” of Christ—the Holy Spirit rushes to our aid and ‘perfects’ our effort with Supernatural Gifts, thereby enabling us to follow our Lord’s command: “Be perfect, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” It is a gradual transformation that takes place in us—if we work at it. As children of God, we are, of course, called to live IN God in heaven forever. That gift begins here on earth, right now, through baptism. Our brief time on earth is our time to choose our eternal destiny. And our Lord pleads, “Choose the Blessing – choose life!!!” That’s not to say, of course, that we won’t make mistakes, but that it is our intention to live “according to the Spirit” and that if we happen to fall, we have recourse to our Lord of Mercy, Jesus Christ. The more we grow in virtue, the more difficult it is to sin. At the same time, through our humble acknowledgement of our faults and failings we receive healing and nourishment through “The Vine”; that is, through the Sacraments, and so bear abundant fruit for the Kingdom of God – in our own souls, in the Church, and in the world. What are the fruits of the Holy Spirit that we are called to bear? In his letter to the Galatians, St. Paul teaches us that the Fruits of the Spirit are “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control”(Gal 5: 22-23). St. Basil put it this way: “Through the Holy Spirit we are restored to paradise, led back to the Kingdom of heaven, and adopted as children, given confidence to call God ‘Father’ and to share in Christ’s grace, called children of light and given a share in eternal glory.” Pure Gift!

In Acts of the Apostles, we see the Holy Spirit working in a powerful way in the early Church. It is a wonderful book of the New Testament to read between now and Pentecost Sunday (May 31). Just as the Holy Spirit led the Church in the time of the Apostles, so too does He continue to lead and guide us through their successors. The Catechism teaches us: “The mission of Christ and the Holy Spirit is brought to completion in the Church, which is the Body of Christ and the Temple of the Holy Spirit. This joint mission henceforth brings Christ’s faithful to share in his communion with the Father in the Holy Spirit. The Spirit prepares men and goes out to them with His grace, in order to draw them to Christ. The Spirit manifests the risen Lord to them, recalls his word to them and opens their minds to the understanding of His Death and Resurrection. He makes present the mystery of Christ, supremely in the Eucharist, in order to reconcile them, to bring them into communion with God, that they may ‘bear much fruit.’”(ccc737). Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come…..

Saturday, May 2

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

Sunday, May 3

7:30   Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

10:00 +Florence DeSilva req. Daughter & Family

12:00 +Patrick A. Forlenzo req. Christopher, Michelle & Maryann

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

Monday, May 4

8:00   +Maryann Vagnone req. Lilian & Alvina Ramos

12:10 +Estelle Burke req. Mary Churley

Tuesday, May 5

8:00   +John Maloney req. Wife Mary

12:10 +Fanny Caputo Savona & Anna Caputo, req. Kate Longo

Wednesday, May 6

8:00    In Honor of the Virgin Mary req. Fabiola C.

12:10 +Carmine Salvatore req. Giannitti Family

Thursday, May 7

8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

12:10 +The Corcione Family req. Ann & Jo Corcione

Friday, May 8

8:00   +Giuseppe & Teresa Pugliese req. Purgliese Family

12:10 +Dorothy Schrieber req. Frances Slusarz

Saturday, May 9

8:00 +Hope & Joseph McAleer req. Family

12:10  +Salvatore & Teresa Corbo req. 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 Wed. 7:00 -10:30 a.m., Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St, Stamford.

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.

Credit Card Offertory…Make weekly or monthly donations by credit card. You can set up recurring credit card donations with the church secretary.  She can take your information over the telephone.  Call (203) 324-1553 x21.

Bulletin for Sunday, April 26, 2009

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Pastor’s Corner . . . Each year the Diocese of Bridgeport conducts its Annual Bishop’s Appeal. This year, our parish goal is $85,000.00. We have been assessed the same goal as last year, since we were unable to raise the full assessment.  So far, some of our parishioners have pledged $41,700. , for which I am truly grateful.  
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Nonetheless, if you have already made a pledge, please accept thanks. If you have not, please consider making a pledge or a gift, no matter how large.

The Annual Bishop’s Appeal provides the funds for most of the diocese’s social services through Catholic Charities and the local soup kitchens; it assists in providing Catholic grammar and high school education; it provides funding for the retired clergy of the diocese; for senior care, and the Fairfield County Catholic, our bi-monthly diocesan newspaper, and for our vocation program to provide priests for Fairfield County, and much more.

We need everyone’s assistance to reach our goal, so that we can help our bishop to continue his good works throughout Fairfield County. If you have not made a gift, please simply write a check to the “Annual Bishop’s Appeal” and drop in the Sunday Mass collection; or wait until later this month when we will ask parishioners to make a pledge during the weekend Masses.

Saint John’s has always been generous in helping those in need. So, I ask you to continue that parish tradition of generosity in this year’s Annual Bishop’s Appeal.

God bless you, and thank you. –Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… Mons. John Horgan-Kung, Mike McNamee, Paul Rittman, Sal Sciazza, Ed Koplos, Rosemarie Drexel, John Castellano, Lily Rice, Marion Giordano, Ray Flaharty, Philippe Renard, John Mellace, Christine Exantus, Evelyn Flaharty

Please pray for those who have recently died… Sheila Kilcoyne, Mary Daly, Brazilia Walker, Joseph Barrone, Evelyn Bauman, Phil DeFelice Sr., Alice Banning, Paul Eldridge, Antoinetta Fiore, Marie Corcoran, Eugene Rizzi, Denis O’Neil

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

A Parish Fundraising Event:

 

A SPRING GARDEN PARTY

Sunday, May 3, 2009. We hope you will join us for a great event – fabulous dinner, musical charms, exciting auctions. -Individual seats $75 per person, special tables available -Please call the Rectory for more information or for your reservation – (203) 324-1553, ext 21 or register online @ stjohnsstamford.com

St. John’s Bible Study … We are using The Bible Timeline Series every Thursday in the rectory at 7:30 p.m. Join us! Next meeting: April 30th .

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … Will NOT meet during May. Our next study group will begin on June 3rd to begin studying 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 Biblical Greek . . . meets each Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory: Next meeting on April 23rd: Please, review Lessons XIII.

Parish Women’s Society… Meets every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the Rectory for prayer, refreshments and conversation. All are welcome; please, join us:  just walk in the first front door.  Our next meeting will be on May 2nd.

Religion Classes for Adults … We meet in the rectory at 7:30 p.m.  The class is on a 7-week cycle Tuesday May 5th and May 12th. Please contact Providencia at (203-) 324 -1553 ext. 21.

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 May 5th.

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.

 

Sunday April 19, 2009 $ 11,293.00

Sunday April 20, 2008 $ 9,792.61 
 
 
I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

May 3rd Sunday Readings: Acts 4:8-12; 1 Jn. 3:1-2; Jn.10:11-18 (50)

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

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass . . . Mass Ordinary: Missa ‘O quam gloriosum – Tomás Luis de Victoria, 1548-1611. Offertory motet: Credo quod Redemptor – Alonso Lobo, 1555-1617 (I believe that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And in my flesh shall I see God my Saviour.) Communion motet: Ego sum Panis vi­vus – G. P. da Palestrina (I am the living bread. Your forefathers ate manna in the desert and are dead; this is the living bread from heaven: whoever eats it shall not die. [from St. John: 6]). The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Jubilate Deo (Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; sing a psalm to his name, alleluia; praise him with magnificence, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Say to God: “How awesome are your deeds, O Lord! In the greatness of your power, your enemies will be convicted of lying to you.” [Ps. 65:1-3]); Alleluia Oportebat pati Chris­tum (It was necessary that Christ should suffer and rise from the dead, and so enter into his glory. [Luke 24:46]); Offertory Lauda anima mea (Praise the Lord, O my soul; I will praise the Lord throughout my life; I will sing to my God for as long as I live, alleluia. [Ps. 146:2]); Communion Cantate Domino (Sing unto the Lord, alleluia; sing to the Lord, bless his name; proclaim his salvation day after day, alleluia, alleluia. [Ps. 96:2 ]).

Calling all 10:00 a.m. Mass Singers for the Adult Choir . . . Rehearsals are Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the music room in the basement of the church.  For more information, call Scott Turkington (203) 324-1553, ext. 18.

Want to be a Lector at Mass? We are in need of lectors for the Saturday 4:00 p.m. and Sun­day 12:00 noon Masses. If interested, please contact Mary Bridget Gaine: (203) 978-0249 or MaryBridgetGaine@aol.com

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin… Anyone interested in a summer study course of Latin, please let me know: It will be basic grammar—Dick and Jane—so, don’t be afraid. If you’re interested, please give Monsignor a call: (203) 324-1553, ext. 11.   There will be no charge.

Ladies’ Night OutSpring into Fashion fundraiser to benefit Trinity Catholic Middle School on Thursday, May 7th .  Please join us at The Italian Center for an evening of fashion, dinner, and fun! Great Basket Raffles and Exciting Silent Auction. Door Prizes!!  Tickets: $60. For de­tails, or to make a donation to support Trinity Catholic Middle School, please call Ann Waters at (203) 322-8470 or annwaters@aol.com

 

Mass Intentions

Saturday, April 25

 4:00 +John & Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Young

Sunday, April 26

 7:30 John Mannes 48th Anniversary req. De Vivo & Mannes families

10:00 Thanksgiving Jesus, Mary, Joseph & Padre Pio req. Diane Strain

12:00 Special Intention Jason Michael Rowe req. Sharon Gannon

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

Monday, April 27

 8:00 Thang & Diep Nguyen Wedding Anniversary req. Thang Nguyen

12:10 Special Intention Birgitta O’Brien-Costantino

Tuesday, April 28

 8:00 +Brunida Perez req. Pugliese Family

12:10 Special Intention Haggarty children req. Mom & Dad

Wednesday, April 29

 8:00 +Dionisio Claro Lim Uy req. Cyril Anthony Uy

12:10 +Vita Fazio req. her brother Frank D’Amico

Thursday, April 30

 8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

12:10 Jackie & John Ciccarelli req. The Renella family

Friday, May 1

 8:00 +Aurelia Teodoro req. Basilia Cornejo

12:10 Special Intention Monica Needle req. Francis Baranowski

Saturday, May 2

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

12:10 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry Galbert

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 Wed. 7:00 -10:30 a.m., Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St, Stamford.

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.

Credit Card Offertory…Make weekly or monthly donations by credit card. You can set up recurring credit card donations with the church secretary.  She can take your information over the telephone.  Call (203) 324-1553 x21.

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.

Sponsor Certificates for Baptism or Confirmation…Are happily given to parishioners of St. John’s, i.e. Those who are registered members; those whose regular Mass attendance is known to the priests, or whose parish membership can be verified by the records of the weekly offertory (envelopes).


ST. JOHN’S IN THE NEWS . . . . . . 100 YEARS AGO, OR SO:

The Stamford Advocate:

April 29, 1870:  “Let all whom it may concern read the “notice to builders,” advertised in this issue, by the Roman Catholic Society of Stamford.”

NOTICE TO BUILDERS. The Contract for Building the new Catholic Church, on At­lantic street, will be left open for bids for a short time. Plans and Specifications may be examined at the residence of Rev. John Fagan, on Meadow Street

The Connecticut Catholic:

April 30, 1881: Stamford. “It would be difficult indeed to speak too highly of the performance of our tal­ented choir these last two Sundays. Every member without exception rendered his or her part excellently, and all reflect the highest credit on their gifted mentor, Professor Smith. The Stamford Advocate, in speaking of Messrs. Griswold, Parker, and Carey, and Miss Weed as assisting on Easter Sundays, conveys the impression that they are not regular members of the choir. Such is not the case. They all are. And here I may say that any list of the names of those who took a leading part on Easter Sunday is incomplete that does not include Miss Minnie Flynn, the sweet voiced alto soloist.”

The New York Times:

April 29, 1895: NEW CATHOLIC PARISH ESTABLISHED. “The Right Rev. Bishop Michael Tier­ney of the Diocese of Hartford has set aside Darien and Noroton as a separate parish, and appointed the Rev. Fa­ther T. M. O’Brien, senior curate of St. Mary’s Church, of Norwalk, as rector. The Rev. Father O’Brien delivered a farewell address at St. Mary’s today at each of the three services. His pastorate in the new parish commences May

1. Darien and Noroton were formerly attached to the Stam­ford parish.”

The Stamford Advocate:

April 27, 1908: Columbus Knights at Church. “The strength of the Knights of Columbus in Stamford was shown with considerable impressiveness yesterday morning, when St. Augustine Council attended St. John’s

R. C. Church in a body, and received holy communion. The Council met in its rooms over the Republican Club, and the last members had not left the rooms when the first of the column was marching up the aisle in church. The only insignia worn was a white carnation in the lapel. It was the largest gathering of a fraternal society that has occurred in town in some time. The rector, Rev. James C. O’Brien, directed a few remarks to the Council in his ser­mon, speaking in complimentary terms of its general ap­pearance, its membership and its principles. He urged all men in the church to join.”

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 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 324-1553 ext 21.  Baptisms are usually performed Saturdays.

First Communion and Confirmation

Please call the Director of Religious Education at ext. 21 for details. 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)

 

 


Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come

 (Part II) –Fr. Terry Walsh

“Jesus said, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God…. The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit’.”(Jn3:5-8). At Baptism, we are literally born of water and the Spirit, as the Holy Spirit penetrates our hearts and souls breathing the life of Divine Grace into us and refashioning our souls, as it were, to begin our new and eternal life

in the Body of Christ. As we progress in the Spiritual life by seeking nourishment flowing from the Sacrifice of Jesus, we’re gradually formed into ever more faithful reflections of the Likeness of Christ; that is, we take upon our souls His Divine Image of holiness – through love. St. John of the Cross, the great 16th Century Carmelite Priest from Spain, put it this way: “God communicates himself most to that soul that has progressed farthest in love; namely, that has it’s will in closest conformity with the will of God. And the soul that has attained complete conformity and likeness of will is totally united and transformed in God supernaturally.” Through a well grounded prayer life and faithful reception of the sacraments (especially Confession and Holy Communion), the Gifts of the Holy Spirit “well up from within” the soul of the baptized and give life—Divine Life.

How do we understand the 3rd Person of the Holy Trinity — the Holy Spirit — how do we describe Him? The Catechism points out that Holy Spirit is known by many titles in the Scriptures: the Paraclete, the Advocate, the Consoler; the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of the Promise, the Spirit of Adoption, the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of Glory. We see Him at work from the very first pages of the Scriptures. He breathes on the waters and makes them holy. We recognize Him at the entrance of the Cave of Elijah in the gentle whisper. He rolls back the stone at the Sepulcher of Christ and indeed, He rolls back the stone from the entrance of our hearts — if we let Him — if we are docile to his love.

Jesus – the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit – the Breath of God were “hidden” in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament as the Prophet Isaiah tells us (750B.C.): “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse (Jesus Christ), and a branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the spirit of Wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord”(Isaiah 11: 1- 2). All who are baptized have access to these Gifts; indeed, all those who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation and are commissioned to teach and defend the Faith are given these Gifts in abundance in order to draw all people into the Light of Christ—through our love.

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus reveals Who He really is when he proclaims in the synagogue in Nazareth: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor”(Lk 4: 18-19). Through His love, He frees us from the bonds of sin and death and opens the Gates of Paradise. All who come to believe open the Gates of their souls and so become “living tabernacles” of the Trinity. As we grow in docility to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit and seek to “Do the Father’s Will” then, ‘the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth and will glorify Christ.’ We, like the Apostles, share in the outpouring of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and so bear abundant Fruit and give glory to our Heavenly Father.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bulletin for Sunday April 26, 2009<— Full Bulletin With Pictures.

 

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 Bulletin for Sunday April 26, 2009<— Full Bulletin With Pictures.

 

Bulletin for Sunday April 26, 2009 

Bulletin for Sunday April 26, 2009<— Full Bulletin With Pictures.

Bulletin for Sunday, April 19, 2009

Pastor’s Corner . . . For most of us, Easter is over. More important things have moved our way recently,—like Income Tax! While we might skip lightly past Easter, the Church does not, and celebrates Easter for 50 days, the amount of time Our Lord appeared in his resurrected body to His apostles and disciples.  Why drag out Easter for 50 days? Here are a few reasons, expressed by some of the Church’s greatest early writers:

“Beloved, the paschal mystery is new and old, eternal and temporal, mortal and immortal. To the old belongs the Law of Moses, prefigurations, the sacrifice of sheep; to the new belongs the Word, grace, and the Lord’s life. ‘He [Jesus] was led like a sheep to the slaughter,’ [as scripture says] but he was not a sheep; he was slain ‘like the lamb that waits in silence,’ but he was not a lamb…God replaces the lamb, a man the sheep, and the man is Christ, who sums up all things in himself. The sacrifice of the sheep, the celebration of Passover, and the writing of the Law [of Moses] looked therefore to a fulfillment in Christ Jesus, for whose sake everything in the old covenant, and much more took place. For the Law gave place to the Word, as the old Law became the new; precept yielded to grace, image to reality, lamb to Son, sheep to man, and man to God. Though the Lord was God, he clad himself I manhood, having suffered for suffering man, having been bound for the captive, condemned for the guilty, and buried for man, who was buried beneath the weight of sin, He rose from the dead and addressed his fellows: ‘I have released those who were condemned, given life to the dead, and brought the buried from their graves. Come, then, all you nations of men, who are joined in a brotherhood of sin, and receive forgiveness. For I am your forgiveness, the saving Passover Victim, the Lamb slain for you. I am your cleansing and life, your resurrection, light, and salvation, your King. I bring you with me to the heavenly realm. I shall raise you up and present you to my heavenly Father. I am mighty, and I shall exalt you.” [Melito of Sardis, Homily on the Paschal Mystery.]

“In recalling the salvation given to us, St. Paul says:‘As death entered the world through Adam, so salvation was restored through Christ’; and again, ‘The first man [Adam] was of the earth and earthly, the second [Jesus] from heaven and heavenly.’ He added:‘We carried in us the image of the earthly man,’ that is, of man grown old in sin; ‘let us carry in us the image of the heavenly man as well.’ That is, let us receive from Christ the saving grace of being redeemed and cleansed in him.  As St. Paul says:  Christ is the beginning, that is, the source, of resurrection and of life. Those who belong to Christ, that is, who live in sinlessness as he does, will be sure of sharing his resurrection and the heavenly glory he promises, for the Lord himself says: ‘He who follows me will not perish but will pass through death to life.’The Savior’s suffering is thus mankind’s salvation. He willed to die for us that we who trust in him might live forever. He willed to become for a time what we are so that we might share his promised eternity and live forever with him. All this, then, is the grace proper to the heavenly mysteries which we are celebrating; it is the paschal gift given on this feast which we yearn for all year through, and it is the beginning of a new existence. Those reborn from the Church’s sacred baptismal font are clad in the simplicity of little children and give voice by their conduct to a sinless conscience. What day is Easter? The day that gave us the source of light and life, the Lord Jesus Christ, who said of himself: ‘I am the light of day; he who walks in that light shall not stumble,’ that is, he who wholly follows Christ shall pass in his footsteps into the land of eternal light.” [2nd century Easter homily] Mons. DiGiovanni

 

Please pray for the sick… Sheila Kilcoyne, Sal Sciazza, Ed Koplos, Rosemarie Drexel, John Castellano, Lily Rice, Marion Giordano, Ray Flaharty, Philippe Renard, John Mellace, Christine Exantus, Evelyn Flaharty

 

Please pray for those who have recently died Brazilia Walker, Joseph Barrone, Evelyn Bauman, Phil DeFelice Sr., Alice Banning, Paul Eldridge, Antoinetta Fiore, Marie Corcoran, Eugene Rizzi, Denis O’Neil, Cecila Tucker

 

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

 

A Parish Fundraising Event:

A SPRING GARDEN PARTY

Sunday, May 3, 2009.  We hope you will join us for a great event – fabulous dinner, musical charms, exciting auctions. Individual seats $75 per person, special tables available – Please call the Rectory for more information or for your reservation – (203) 324-1553, ext 21 or register online @ www.stjohnsstamford.com.

 

St. John’s Bible Study We are using The Bible Timeline Series every Thursday in the rectory at 7:30 p.m.  Join us!  Next meeting:  April 23rd.

 

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … We will next meet on Wednesday, May 6th in the rectory at 7:30 p.m. to study early Baptismal catechesis of the first centuries of the Church.

 

The Latin Reading Group…  Will not be meeting this Wednesday.   

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . meets each Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory:  Next meeting on April 23rd:   Please, review Lessons XII & XIII.

 

Parish Women’s Society Meets every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the Rectory for prayer, refreshments and conversation.  All are welcome; please, join us:  just walk in the first front door.  Our next meeting will be on April 25th. 

 

Religion Classes for Adults We meet in the rectory at 7:30 p.m.  The class is on a 7-week cycle April 22nd and May 5th and May 12th.   Please contact Providencia at (203­) 324 -1553 ext. 21.

 

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 May 5th.

 

The 20’s and 30’s … Will meet on May 11th.

 

Coffee & Refreshments . . . following the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass: Please join us in the Monsignor Nagle Hall.

 

Easter Sunday 2009   $ 31,333.50

 

Easter Sunday 2008   $29,715.94

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

 

April 19th Sunday Readings:   Acts: 3:13-15, 17-19; 1 Jn. 2:1-5a; Lk. 24-35 (47)

 

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

 

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass . . . Mass Ordinary: Missa brevis – Christóbal de Morales, c. 1500-1553. The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Quasi modo (As newborn babes, alleluia, long for pure spiritual milk, alleluia, alleluia. Rejoice in honour of God our helper; shout for joy to the God of Jacob. [I Peter 2:2]); Alleluia Post dies octo (Eight days later, while all the doors were shut, Jesus came out and stood in the midst of his disciples and said: “Peace be with you.” [John 20:26]); Sequence Victimæ paschali laudes (To the Paschal Victim, Christians, offer a sacrifice of praise. The Lamb has ransomed his sheep; the innocent Christ has reconciled sinners with the Father. Death and life confronted each other in a prodigious battle; the Prince of life who died, now lives and reigns. “Tell us, Mary, what did you see upon the way?                    ” “I saw sepulchre of the living Christ; I saw the glory of the Risen One. I saw the angels, his witnesses, the shroud and the garments. Christ, my Hope, is risen. He will go before his own into Galilee.” We know that Christ is truly risen from the dead; O Victorious King, have mercy upon us.); Offertory Angelus Domini (The angel of the Lord came down from heaven and said to the women: “The One whom you seek has risen, as he said he would”, alleluia. [Matthew 28:2,5,6]); Communion Mitte manum (Stretch forth your hand, and feel the place where the nails were, alleluia; and be not doubtful but believing, alleluia, alleluia. [I Corinthians 5:7,8]).

 

Calling all 10:00 a.m. Mass Singers for the Adult Choir . . . Rehearsals are Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the music room in the basement of the church.  For more information, call Scott Turkington (203) 324-1553, ext. 18.

 

Job Seekers’ GroupMonday, April 20th, in the rectory.  Topic: how to follow-up with an employer or recruiter without stalking; writing Thank You notes; developing good interview questions. Melanie Szlucha’s company, Red Inc., coaches to be confident and prepared for the job search process. Her website:  http://www.redinc.biz. No charge.

 

Want to be a Lector at Mass? We are in need of lectors for the Saturday 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 noon Masses.  If interested, please contact Mary Bridget Gaine: (203) 978-0249 or MaryBridgetGaine@aol.com

 

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.

 

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin… Anyone interested in a summer study course of Latin, please let me know: It will be basic grammar—Dick and Jane—so, don’t be afraid. If you’re interested, please give Monsignor a call: (203) 324-1553, ext. 11.   There will be no charge.

 

St. John’s in The News . . .

   . . . 100 years ago, or so:

 

The Stamford Advocate:

 April 21, 1876:  “We learn that the Rev. Father Tierney has secured the services of five Sisters of Charity as teachers for the parish day school, which opens on Monday for the Summer term.”

 

The Connecticut Catholic:

April 25, 1885: Stamford. “The Children of Mary will receive Holy Communion in a body on Sunday. There will be devotions in the church every evening except Saturdays and Sundays, during the month of May. According to reports, over $800 was cleared by St. Joseph’s society and the orchestra by their late fair. Mr. John Ennis has charge of the work of putting in the pews of our new church, which he expects to complete about next fall.”

 

The Stamford Advocate:

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

 

The Stamford Advocate:

April 22, 1909:  “The bazaar in St. John’s parochial school will close this evening. It has been a very satisfactory undertaking, and has provided a great deal of entertainment for those who have attended. There was a larger attendance last night than on any previous evening. The entertainment was very good, including contributions by a number of young folks, some of whom have appeared on other evenings. An innovation was occasioned by the Kerrytown Drum Corps, which has generally been associated with political rallies rather than with chamber music. But those Kerrytown boys are nothing if not resourceful and their performance last night fitted in very well indeed with the general program. Among the more serious numbers which attracted very favorable attention were the piano playing of Miss Aileen Walsh and the cello playing of Miss Harrison. Miss Walsh is a talented pianist and gave a very creditable performance.”

 

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Ladies’ Night OutSpring into Fashion fundraiser to benefit Trinity Catholic Middle School on Thursday, May 7th.  Please join us at The Italian Center for an evening of fashion, dinner, and fun! Great Basket Raffles and Exciting Silent Auction. Door Prizes!!  Tickets: $60. For details, or to make a donation to support Trinity Catholic Middle School, please call Ann Waters at (203) 322-8470 or annwaters1@aol.com.

 

 

 

Mass Intentions

 

Saturday, April 18

  4:00   +Louis DeLavalle req. wife & daughters

Sunday, April 19

  7:30    Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry Galbert

10:00    +Millien Family req. Anne Marie Samedi

12:00    Our Lady of Loreto Altar Guild

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

Monday, April 20

  8:00    Special Intention Jane Gannon req. Sharon Gannon

12:10    +Jorge Luis Perez req. Fernando Perez, father

Tuesday, April 21

  8:00    +John O’Brien req. Paul Murphy

12:10    Special Intention Millie, Matthew & Liz Terenzio

Wednesday, April 22

  8:00    +Antonio Pugliese req. Pugliese family

12:10   +Josephine Henson req. John & Laura Pascale

Thursday, April 23

  8:00   Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

 12:10  Giordano Family req. Haggarty family

Friday, April 24

  8:00    +Carmen Perez req. Pugliese family

12:10    In honor of St. John Patron & St. John the Baptist req. Bosilevas family

Saturday, April 25

  8:00   +Reddy & Alice MacDonald & Family req. Mary Maloney

12:10               +Helen Pagnotti req. Jean Bendick

 

 

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 Wed. 7:00 -10:30 a.m., Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St, Stamford. 

 

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.

 

Credit Card Offertory…Make weekly or monthly donations by credit card. You can set up recurring credit card donations with the church secretary.  She can take your information over the telephone.  Call (203) 324-1553 x21.

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

 

Sponsor Certificates for Baptism or ConfirmationAre happily given to parishioners of St. John’s, i.e. Those who are registered members; those whose regular Mass attendance is known to the priests, or whose parish membership can be verified by the records of the weekly offertory (envelopes). 

 

 Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come

                                                               (Part I) – Revisited

                         Fr. Terry Walsh

 “I Believe in the Holy Spirit”

God has revealed Himself to all the world as a personal God of love. He is not simply some unknowable distant force. He has revealed Himself as the essence of love, of purity, of holiness, and He is knowable to all who seek Him. He has revealed Himself as One God, but Three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Holy Trinity is of course the greatest Mystery of our faith and through our assent of faith, that is, through our ‘yes’ to God, we are given bountiful graces to grow in our understanding. This gift of faith is sustained and nourished most especially through our encounters with Jesus in the 7 Sacraments.

            Each Sunday, just after hearing the Word of God, we proclaim our ‘yes’ when we stand and assert our Catholic Faith. During the course of our prayer, we say the words: “I believe in the Holy Spirit” – a distinct and equal Person of the Trinity. “The One whom the Father has sent into our hearts, the Spirit of his Son, is truly God”(Gal. 4:6). “When the Father sends his Word, he always sends his Breath. In their joint mission, it is Christ who is seen, the visible image of the invisible God, but it is the Spirit who reveals Him”(ccc689).

            The Holy Spirit unites the faithful into the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ as He gives and sustains supernatural Divine life. St. Gregory of Nyssa describes this holy “anointing” in this way: “The notion of anointing suggests…that there is no distance between the Son and the Spirit. Indeed, just as between the surface of the body and the anointing with oil neither reason nor sensation recognizes any intermediary, so the contact of the Son with the Spirit is immediate, so that anyone who would make contact with the Son by faith must first encounter the oil by contact. In fact there is no part that is not covered by the Holy Spirit. That is why the confession of the Son’s Lordship is made in the Holy Spirit by those who receive him, the Spirit coming from all sides to those who approach the Son in faith.” At Baptism, we are anointed with the Sacred Chrism (Oil) on the crown of our heads and we hear the words: “God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has freed you from sin, given you a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and welcomed you into His holy people. He now anoints you with the chrism of salvation. As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as a member of His Body, sharing everlasting life.” In the Sacrament of Confirmation, which completes Christian Initiation, we are anointed by the Holy Spirit when the Bishop traces the sign of the Cross on our foreheads, once again with the Sacred Chrism, and says: “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.” Recall the words of St. Paul, “…those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit…to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace…But you are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God really dwells in you. Any one who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him. But if Christ is in you, although your bodies are dead because of sin, your spirits are alive because of righteousness. If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through His Spirit who dwells in you”(Romans 8:5ff).

 

Bulletin for Sunday, April 12, 2009

Pastor’s Corner . . . The greatest proof of God’s love for us is the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross and His bodily Resurrection from the grave.  Since the early Fathers of the Church expressed it best, I’ll let them speak this week:

St. Augustine, Sermons, 3:  “The Passion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is a pledge of victory and a lesson in patience. What may the hearts of believers not expect from God’s grace when His only Son did not hesitate to become a man and to die at the hands of men whom He Himself had created? Great indeed are God’s promises to us, but greater still is what He has already done for us. How can we doubt that He will give us his life [forever] when He has already given us His death?

            “Who is Christ but the Word that ‘was in the beginning, was with God, and was God’? [John 1: 1 and cf. Gen 1:1] That Word ‘was made flesh and dwelt among us.’ [John 1:2] He was unable as God to die for us; to die, He had to take mortal flesh from us. Then the immortal One could die and give life to mortal men and women; He would give a share of Himself to those whose lot He first shared as a man. We had no power of ourselves to live; He had no power of Himself to die. He entered, therefore, into an exchange with us: we gave Him the means of dying for us; He gave us the means of living forever.”

 

St. Basil the Great, The Holy Spirit, 15: “God our Savior’s way of dealing with us is to call us back when we have fallen into sin and to restore us to familiarity with Himself, after we have been estranged by the disobedience of sin. Christ’s coming in the flesh, therefore, His work among us, His suffering and death, His burial and Resurrection, were all intended that we, saved by imitation of Christ, might enter once again into the relationship with God as His adopted sons and daughters.”

            “If we are to live fully, then, we must imitate Christ not simply in His kindness, humility and patience he showed during His human life, but in his very death. How do we imitate His death? By being buried with Him in baptism. Let us note, first, that the continuity of our earlier life must be disrupted, and for this nothing will serve but to be born again, for rebirth is the beginning of a new life. But before you can begin the new, you must put a finish to the old life: a death [to sin and to an arrogant self-centered life] must intervene.”

 

Ancient Holy Saturday Homily: “Today there is a great silence over the earth, for the King sleeps. . . God is dead in the flesh, and has shaken Sheol to its foundations. He goes to seek our first parent like a lost sheep. He cries out, ‘I bid you: Awake, sleeper! I did not create you to lie bound in hell. Arise from the dead, for I am life to those who have died. Rise up, work of my hands, my likeness, made in my image. Rise, let us go hence.

            “‘For your sake I put on your lowly shape as a man. For your sake I came to earth and to the underworld. See the spittle on my face—it was for you, that you might have the breath of life again. See my cheeks reddened by the blows—it was for you, that you might be remade in my image. See my torn back—it was for you, that I might take the burden of sin from your shoulders. See the nail-marks in my hands—it was for you, because you once put your hand to the forbidden tree.

            “‘Arise, let us go hence. I have a heavenly throne prepared for you, and the cherubim shall bow down before you.’”

Happy Easter!Mons. DiGiovanni

 

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin… Anyone interested in a summer study course of Latin, please let me know: It will be basic grammar—Dick and Jane—so, don’t be afraid. If you’re interested, please give Monsignor a call: (203) 324-1553, ext. 11.   There will be no charge.

Please pray for the sick… Sheila Kilcoyne, Sal Sciazza, Ed Koplos, Rosemarie Drexel, John Castellano, Lily Rice, Marion Giordano, Ray Flaharty, Philippe Renard, John Mellace, Christine Exantus, Evelyn Flaharty

 

Please pray for those who have recently died Brazilia Walker, Joseph Barrone, Evelyn Bauman, Phil DeFelice, Sr., Alice Banning, Paul Eldridge, Antoinetta Fiore, Marie Corcoran, Eugene Rizzi, Denis O’Neil, Cecila Tucker, Edith O’Hara

 

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

 

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY . . . April 19th: Please join us at 1:30 p.m. in church for a Eucharistic Holy Hour that will include Adoration, Benediction and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

 

A Parish Fundraising Event:

A SPRING GARDEN PARTY

Sunday, May 3, 2009.  We hope you will join us for a great event – fabulous dinner, musical charms, exciting auctions. Individual seats $75 per person, special tables available – Please call the Rectory for more information or for your reservation – (203) 324-1553, ext 21 or register online @ www.stjohnsstamford.com.

 

St. John’s Bible Study We are using The Bible Timeline Series every Thursday in the rectory at 7:30 p.m.  Join us!  Next meeting:  April 16th.

 

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … We will next meet on Wednesday, May 6th in the rectory at 7:30 p.m. to study early Baptismal catechesis of the first centuries of the Church.

 

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 Biblical Greek . . . meets each Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory:  Next meeting on April 16th:   Please, review Lessons XII & XIII.

 

Parish Women’s Society Meets every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the Rectory for prayer, refreshments and conversation.  All are welcome; please, join us:  just walk in the first front door. Our next meeting will be on April 18th. 

 

Religion Classes for Adults We meet in the rectory at 7:30 p.m.  The class is on a 7-week cycle April 15th, April 22nd and May 5th and May 12th.   Please contact Providencia at (203­) 324 -1553 ext. 21.

 

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 May 5th.

 

The 20’s and 30’s has been canceled due to Easter Holiday.

 

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.

 

Coffee Hour is cancelled Easter Sunday.  Coffee Hour will resume on April 19th  

Sunday, April 5, 2009   $ 15,904.10  

 

Sunday, April 6, 2008   $ 13,302.00

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

 

April 19th Sunday Readings:   Acts: 4:32-34; 1 Jn. 5:1-6; Jn. 20:19-31.

 

Marriage Bann:  3rd Lionel Francisco Pina & Jody Ann Fay

 

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

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass . . . Mass Ordinary: Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo – Franz Joseph Haydn, 1732-1809. Offertory motet: Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem – Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, 1852-1924 (The text may be found in the hymnal at No. 85). Communion motets: Laudate Dominum – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756-1791 (O praise the Lord, all ye heathen. Praise him all ye nations. For his merciful kindness is ever more and more towards us, and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise the Lord. [Psalm 117]); Ave verum – Mozart (The tx may be found in the hymnal at No. 296); Most glorious Lord of life – Sir William Harris, 1883-1973 (Most glorious Lord of life, that on this day Didst make Thy triumph over death and sin, And having harrowed hell, didst bring away Captivity thence captive, us to win. This joyous day, dear Lord, with joy begin, And grant that we for whom Thou didest die, Being with Thy dear blood clean washed from sin, May live for ever in felicity : And that Thy love we weighing worthily, May likewise love Thee for the same again; And for Thy sake, that all like dear didst buy, With love may one another entertain. So let us love, dear Love, like as we ought; Love is the lesson which the Lord us taught. [Edmund Spencer 1522-99]). The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Resurrexi (I am risen, and I am always with you, alleluia; you have placed your hand upon me, alleluia; your wisdom has been shown to be most wonderful, alleluia, alleluia. O Lord, you have searched me and known me; you know when I sit down and when I rise up. [Ps.  139:18,5,6,1,2]); Alleluia Pascha nostrum (Christ, our Paschal Lamb, has been sacrificed. [I Corinthians 5:7]); Sequence Victimæ paschali laudes (The text may be found in the hymnal at No. 315); Offertory Terra tremuit (The earth trembled and was still, when God arose in judgment, alleluia. [Ps.75]); Communion Pascha nostrum (Christ, our Paschal Lamb, has been sacrificed, alleluia; therefore, let us keep the feast by sharing the unleavened bread of uprightness and truth, alleluia, alleluia. [I Corinthians 5:7,8]).

 

Calling all 10:00 a.m. Mass Singers for the Adult Choir . . . Rehearsals are Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the music room in the basement of the church.  For more information, call Scott Turkington (203) 324-1553, ext. 18.

 

Job Seekers’ GroupMonday, April 20th, in the rectory.  Topic: how to follow-up with an employer or recruiter without stalking; writing Thank You notes; developing good interview questions. Melanie Szlucha’s company, Red Inc., coaches to be confident and prepared for the job search process. Her website:  http://www.redinc.biz. No charge.

 

Want to be a Lector at Mass? We are in need of lectors for the Saturday 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 noon Masses.  If interested, please contact Mary Bridget Gaine: (203) 978-0249 or MaryBridgetGaine@aol.com

 

Sacred Heart Parish Card Party: April 17th, 6:30 p.m. $15.00 per person.  For reservations, call Judy Perugini: (203) 322-1265, after 6:00 p.m.

St. John’s in The News . . .

   . . . 50 years ago, or so:

 

April 15, 1949: Stamford To Hail Easter Song Services Sunday. “St. John’s R. C. Church. The choir, under the direction of Sister Ann Maureen, will sing at the 9 a.m. Mass, the following selections: “Alleluia, Let the Holy Anthems Rise,” “The Heavens Resound,” “Glad Easter Bells,” “Praise to Him,” “Christ is Risen,” “Jesus Christ is Risen Today,” and “Ye Sons and Daughters.” At the 10 a.m. Mass, Iris Lauritano will direct the choir in the Kyrie from the Mass “Rosa Mystics” by Carnevali. “Surrexit Christus” by Rev. Rossini, with Nancy Bosak, soprano and Steven Black, baritone, will be sung at the Offertory. The choir will sing the Sanctus and Agnus Dei from the “Rosa Mystica,” the “Regina Coeli Jubila,” by Casciolini, and “Glad Easter Bells.” Solemn High Mass will be celebrated at 11. Iris Lauritano will direct the boys’ choir in the processional, “Ofili et Filiae,” – 15th Century traditional and the St. John’s choir in the Mass, “Rosa Mystica” by Carnevali, and the “Regina Coeli Jubila” of Casciolini. The boys’ choir will sing the Ambresian Gloria, and the offertory will be “Surrexit Christus” by Rev. Rossini, sung by Nancy Bosak, soprano, and Steven Black, baritone. The boys’ choir will also sing the recessional, “Regina Coeli,” 16th Century traditional.”

 

April 13, 1957: Stamford Churches List Services For Holy Week. “Special services are planned in Stamford churches for Holy Week, commemorating events leading up to the crucifixion and death of Christ. Catholic churches have planned special Masses to be held in the mornings and evenings during the week, as well as other observances. St. John’s – Holy Saturday, confessions, 11 a.m. to Noon and 4:30 to 6 p.m. Easter Vigil, followed by the First Mass of Easter, 7:30 p.m. No confessions will be heard Saturday evening. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas Pl Coleman, pastor, has called attention to the fact that assistance at the “First Mass of Easter” Saturday evening does not satisfy the obligation for Sunday Mass.”

 

April 14, 1960: Services And Music Mark Lent’s End, Joy Of Easter. “Many Stamford churches are observing Holy Week and will celebrate Easter Sunday with special services and music. The Advocate has been notified of the following: St. John’s – Easter Sunday – At the 9 a.m. Mass, the girls’ choir will sing “Christ Is Risen” by Singenberger, “Haec Dies Quam Fecit Dominus” by Haller, “Regina Coeli Jubila,” traditional, and “Adoramus Te Penem Coelitum,” traditional. Solemn Easter Mass at 10:15 a.m., Processional, “Christ Is Risen” sung by the boys’ choir; “Missa Stella Mattutina,” by Carnivali to be sung by the senior choir; Offertory, “O Felii et Filiae,” by the boys’ choir; Communion, “Regina Coeli” by Lotti and “Ave Maria” by Arcadett, to be sung by the senior choir; Recessional, “Alleluia” by the boys’ choir. Mass at 7:30 p.m. in the lower church for Spanish speaking people.”

 

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Ladies’ Night OutSpring into Fashion fundraiser to benefit Trinity Catholic Middle School on Thursday, May 7th.  Please join us at The Italian Center for an evening of fashion, dinner, and fun! Great Basket Raffles and Exciting Silent Auction. Door Prizes!!  Tickets: $60. For details, or to make a donation to support Trinity Catholic Middle School, please call Ann Waters at (203) 322-8470 or annwaters1@aol.com.

 

The Shippan Point Garden Club… May Market Fundraiser:  Plant Sale and Tag Sale, Raffle & Silent Auction. There’ll be great food!  On Saturday, May 9th, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea, 1200 Shippan Avenue. Proceeds for environmental programs, scholarships and civic plantings.

Mass Intentions

 

Saturday, April 11

   8:00 p.m. Easter Vigil:  People of the Parish

Sunday, April 12

  7:30    People of the Parish

10:00    People of the Parish

12:00    People of the Parish

6:00      People of the Parish

Monday, April 13

  8:00    Diane Strain:  God’s Blessing req. Marion Morris & Family

12:10    Diane Strain Birthday req. Josephine Languedoc

Tuesday, April 14

  8:00    +Tin Nguyen req. Thang Nguyen

12:10    +Rose & Vito Longo req. Daughter – Millie

Wednesday, April 15

  8:00    +Diane Greene req. Edith O’Hara

12:10   +Mr. & Mrs. Arthur & Anna Jean-Guillaume req. children & grandchildren

Thursday, April 16

  8:00   +Louise Meyer Birthday remembrance req. Josephine Languedoc & Diane Strain

 12:10  +Louis W. Meyer Birthday remembrance req. Joan B. Pizzuti

Friday, April 17

  8:00    Cathleen Gannon Birthday req. Sharon Gannon

12:10    +Sue Gale req. Paul Murphy

Saturday, April 1

8:00   +Hope & Joseph McAleer req. Family

12:10  Brian & Kathleen Fennessey req. Fr. Terrence P. Walsh

 

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 Wed. 7:00 -10:30 a.m., Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St, Stamford. 

 

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.

 

Credit Card Offertory…Make weekly or monthly donations by credit card. You can set up recurring credit card donations with the church secretary.  She can take your information over the telephone.  Call (203) 324-1553 x21.

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

 

Sponsor Certificates for Baptism or ConfirmationAre happily given to parishioners of St. John’s, i.e. Those who are registered members; those whose regular Mass attendance is known to the priests, or whose parish membership can be verified by the records of the weekly offertory (envelopes). 

Exsultet

– Fr Terry Walsh

 “Let it mingle with the lights of heaven and continue bravely burning to dispel the darkness of this night!”

            The “Exsultet” – the Great Easter Proclamation – is the Church’s hymn of joy celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, represented by the Paschal Candle, whose bright light shines out in a dark and dusty world. It is a call to holiness. The Candle will remain burning during the Liturgy throughout the 50 days of the Easter Season as a great beacon of hope. The candle is “consumed” just as Jesus emptied Himself; He, too, is “consumed” by all His faithful people in Holy Communion. His Light then shines through us drawing others to Himself. He enlightens and purifies our hearts and minds, our bodies and souls, our wills and our intellects. He is the Light and through His Resurrection, we may share in His Light. Scholars claim that the Easter Proclamation has been part of the Easter Vigil Mass since the 4th century. They speculate that there had been many versions of the Hymn in the early years. Nine versions have survived the centuries. The Exsultet, perhaps the oldest of the hymns and dating back to the late 4th century, is thought to have been composed by St. Ambrose. It is the Proclamation used in the Roman Rite. The Hymn begins with a great shout of joy to Heaven with the knowledge that God has restored life and holiness to mankind, and indeed all of Creation joins in the celebration. The first line calls to mind the cry of St Paul, that “all of Creation waits with eager longing” – that restoration is made possible through the Life, Death, and Resurrection of the Unblemished Lamb, the Innocent Victim, Jesus Christ. Now, all who walk in the Light of Christ share in His life and are freed from the bondage of sin and death. He has crushed the serpent. How could our response be anything but exuberant joy!

After proclaiming the Great Conqueror of death and darkness, the Hymn invites all the flock to join the prayer of the priest in giving thanks and praise to God for the sacrifice of His only Son who “broke the chains of death and rose from the grave.” Moments later, in the Liturgy of the Word, we’ll hear seven Old Testament Readings that recount the history of salvation that lead up to the Paschal Mystery and the fulfillment of the promise of Salvation. (The first 3 from the Law; the next 4 from the Prophets) In particular, we’ll hear the Passover account from the Book of Exodus – the “Night” that God “freed the people of Israel from their slavery” – the event that prefigures the Crucifixion, when the Blood of the True Lamb, Jesus Christ, was spilled. His blood paints the doorposts of our homes – our hearts and souls – to free us from the grip of Satan who tries to capture us through sin. Those who enter into the Life of Christ receive His Power, His Wisdom, His Holiness, the very weapons that defeat the enemy. He makes us “new creations.” This is the Night, as the prayer at the blessing of the fire attests, “when our Lord Jesus Christ passed from death to life.” And once the Pascal Candle is lit, we begin our praise of Christ our Light. The Candle, representing Christ, “mingles with the light of Heaven.” Jesus promised He would remain with us and indeed live in us – if we invite Him. The Light of Heaven mingles with us, in us, and we become His Light. Then, our very lives should shout out to those in darkness – in the most gentle and humble way – “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” Come, join us – walk in the Light.          

Bulletin for Sunday, April 5, 2009

Pastor’s Corner . . . Today begins Holy Week: Thursday, Friday and Saturday are the holiest days:  Special services begin Wednesday:  Tenebrae (8:00 P.M.): a sung service recalling the abandonment of Christ by His Apostles, and His betrayal by Judas.

Holy Thursday’s evening Mass (8:00 P.M.) recalls the Last Supper and Our Lord’s institution of the Priesthood and the Eucharist; Judas’ betrayal; Peter’s denial; Jesus’ arrest in the Garden while his apostles slept. 

     Judas betrayal of Our Lord for 30 pieces of silver mirrored both humanity’s betrayal of our Creator for the brief satisfaction offered by sin, and Lucifer’s betrayal of God for power. 

     Jesus’ response to Judas and mankind’s betrayal is to affect our redemption by sacrificing Himself on the Cross, and by instituting the means by which His mercy, the effects of that sacrifice, are meted out in all places and all time:  the Priesthood and the Eucharist.

Good Friday (3:00 P.M.) is a memorial service of the Crucifixion. The church altar is absolutely bear; all images and statues covered over; no candles are lit; the church is dark. No Mass is celebrated anywhere today: the only day of the year.  We hear the prophecies of Christ’s sacrificial death; the Passion narrative; we venerate the Cross “upon which hung the Savior of the world”; we partake of Holy Communion, consecrated at the Mass of Holy Thursday.  All that is before us is God’s response to mankind’s sin:  mercy through the suffering of God in human flesh.

Holy Saturday (8:00 P.M.) is the Easter Vigil. The church is in total darkness. We gather at the Tomb of Christ, in a world in which the power of Evil apparently is victorious:  Satan has affected the death of God in the flesh! Yet, on Saturday, a fire is lit, representing Christ rising from the grave; a huge Easter Candle representing the Risen Christ is blessed and carried through the church; the ancient Easter hymn, the Exaltet, is sung to the Easter candle; seven selections from the Old Testament outline all salvation history; new converts are baptized.

If we love Our Lord, we should show that love in the way we live our daily lives.  He waits to forgive us; if only we humble ourselves and go to Him in the sacrament He gave His Church.  Want to do something in preparation for Easter? Go to Confession and make a pilgrimage.

        Going on a pilgrimage to a shrine or church is an ancient practice.  Early Christians visited the sites of Our Lord’s suffering, death and resurrection in Jerusalem; pilgrimages to the tombs of Saints Peter and Paul in Rome began immediately following their martyrdom in 64 A.D.;  pilgrimages were an essential part of medieval life; Saint Philip Neri, revived the Holy Week practice in the early 1550’s, gathering thousands to visit the seven great basilicas of the Eternal City. The Seven Church Walk on Holy Thursday evening came to America with the Catholic immigrants, and continues to our day, but usually using cars.

       Last Sunday the Saint John’s Holy Week schedule, was in the bulletin; on the back side, a small map with the addresses of churches in the area and the times they will remain open on Holy Thursday evening [April 9th] for the pilgrimage visits. Other copies are at the church doors, and on the parish website. Come to Saint John’s for the beautiful Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 8:00 p.m., and then get in your car and make the Pilgrimage to Seven of Stamford’s Catholic churches.

      Loving God is about doing something spiritual, not just thinking religious thoughts. So do something: go to Confession; avoid sin and live virtuously; and go on a pilgrimage on Thursday evening. You will become closer to God:  you doing something in response to what God has done for you in Christ Jesus.  Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick  Ed Koplos, Rosemarie Drexel, John Castellano, Lily Rice, Marion Giordano, Ray Flaharty, Philip Renard, John Mellace, Christine Exantus, Evelyn Flaharty, Diane Ojohanna, Janet Rodgers

 

Please pray for those who have recently died Phil DeFelice, Sr., Alice Banning, Paul Eldridge, Antoinetta Fiore, Marie Corcoran, Eugene Rizzi, Denis O’Neil, Cecila Tucker, Edith O’Hara, Vincenzo Giannitti Alverta Sahd

 

CONFESSION April 7th is the last Tuesday during which Catholic Churches throughout Fairfield County will remain open for confessions from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., including St. John’s.   

 

A Parish Fundraising Event:

A SPRING GARDEN PARTY

Sunday, May 3, 2009.  We hope you will join us for a great event – fabulous dinner, musical charms, exciting auctions. Individual seats $75 per person, special tables available – Please call the Rectory for more information or for your reservation – (203) 324-1553, ext 21 or register online @ www.stjohnsstamford.com.

 

 

St. John’s Bible Study We are using The Bible Timeline Series every Thursday in the rectory at 7:30 p.m.  Join us! NO BIBLE STUDY HOLY THURSDAY, April 9th.  Next meeting:  April 16th .

 

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … We will next meet on Wednesday, May 6th in the rectory at 7:30 p.m. to study early Baptismal catechesis of the first centuries of the Church.

 

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 Biblical Greek . . . meets each Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory:  NO MEETING HOLY THURSDAY, AP. 9th.. Next meeting on April 16th:   Please, review Lessons XII & XIII.

 

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin… a goodly number of parishioners have asked about a parish Latin grammar course:  I’m willing if you are.  We could meet once each week, beginning the first week in June:  this could be your summer study course!  It will be basic grammar—Dick and Jane—so, don’t be afraid. If you’re interested, please give Monsignor a call: 324-1553, ext. 11.   Like all other parish classes/study groups, there will be no charge.

 

Parish Women’s Society Meets every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the Rectory for prayer, refreshments and conversation.  All are welcome; please, join us:  just walk in the first front door. NO meeting on Holy Saturday, April 11th. Our next meeting will be on April 18th. 

 

Religion Classes for Adults We meet in the rectory at 7:30 p.m.  The class is on a 7-week cycle April 15th, April 22nd and April 29th.   Please contact Providencia at (203­) 324 -1553 ext. 21.

 

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 April 7th.

 

The 20’s and 30’s next meeting April 13th at Columbus Park.

 

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 348-4355 or www.birthright.org for more info.

 

 

Sunday, March 29, 2009   $ 11,644.84  

 

Sunday, March 30, 2008   $ 13,855.79

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

 

Sunday Readings for April 12th:   Acts 10:34a; 37-43; Col. 3:1-4 or Cor. 5:6b-8; Jn. 20:1-9 (42) or Mk. 16:1-7 (41) or, at an afternoon or evening Mass, Lk. 24:13-35 (46)

 

HOLY WEEK: Please note the special Holy Week Schedule, found at the church entrances and on the parish website. THERE WILL BE NO MASSES ON THURSDAY, FRIDAY OR SATURDAY OF THIS WEEK, OTHER THAN THE SPECIAL HOLY WEEK SERVICES.

 

Marriage Bann:  2nd Lionel Francisco Pina & Jody Ann Fay.

 

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 60  (2) 67.  The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.

 

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass . . . Mass Ordinary: Missa quarti toni – Tomás Luis de Victoria, 1548-1611. Offertory motet: Crucifixus a 8 – Antonio Lotti, 1667-1740 (He was crucified also for us, under Pontius Pilate: he suffered and was buried. [from the Nicene Creed]). Communion motets: Vere languores nostros – Victoria (Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. And with his stripes we are healed. Sweetest wood and sweetest iron, sweetest weight is hung on Thee. Thou alone wast counted worthy to uphold the King of heaven and Lord of all. [Responsory 3 at Tenebrae, Wednesday in Holy Week]); Miserere mei – William Byrd, 1540-1623 (Have mercy upon me, O God, after thy great goodness; according to the multitude of thy mercies do away mine offences. [Ps. 50:1]). The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Antiphon Hosanna filio David (Hosanna to the Son of David, the King of Israel. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.); Tract Christus factus est (Christ became obedient for us unto death, even death on a Cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him, and bestowed on him the name which is above every other name. [Phil. 2:8,9]); Offertory Improperium (My heart awaited reproach and misery; and I hoped for one that would grieve together with me, but there was none; I looked for one who would comfort me, and found no one. For food they gave me gall; in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. [Ps. 68:21,22]); Communion Pater, si non potest (Father, if this cup cannot pass away unless I drink it, thy will be done. [Matthew 26:42]). Postlude: Psalm 50 – Tonus peregrinus.

 

Calling all 10:00 a.m. Mass Singers for the Adult Choir . . . Rehearsals are Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the music room in the basement of the church.  For more information, call Scott Turkington 324-1553, ext. 18.

 

Interested in Reading at Mass? We are in need of lectors for the Saturday 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 noon Masses.  If interested, please contact Mary Bridget Gaine: 203-978-0249 or MaryBridgetGaine@aol.com

 

Coffee Hour is cancelled this Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.  Coffee Hour will resume on April 19th.   

 

St. John’s in The News . . .

   . . . 100 years ago, or so:

 

April 7, 1906:  “Palm Sunday will be marked by interesting services in St. John’s R. C. Church, tomorrow afternoon and evening. In the morning, the regular service will be held, at which palms will be blessed and distributed. At 2:30 and at 7:30 p.m., the Passion Play will be presented by the Edison projecting kinetescope, and this will include a large number of splendid views of the famous play at Oberammergau. Aside from this feature, however, there will be special music arranged by the organist and choir director, Miss Margaret Kennedy. This will include the singing of “Calvary,” without accompaniment, by Miss Kennedy. Last Good Friday, Miss Kennedy attracted widespread attention by her rendition of this composition, and is to sing it tomorrow in response to numerous requests. Other soloists will be John A. O’Neill, who will sing “The Palms,” and John P. Reilly, the tenor, whose singing is receiving high praise in critical circles. There will also be Benediction, the music for which will be sung by the full choir.”

 

April 8, 1911: THE SEVEN LAST WORDS. Passion Music Tomorrow Evening in St. John’s Catholic Church. “The Seven Last Words of Christ, an oratorio by Dubois, will be sung in St. John’s Catholic Church tomorrow evening, by the choir, under direction of Miss Margaret Kennedy, organist. The order of service follows: Introduction, “O vos omnes qui transitis per viam,” (All you who pass by the way), soprano solo; 1st Word, “Pater dimittee” (Father, forgive them), baritone solo and chorus; 2nd Word, “Hodie Hecum Eris” (This day shalt thou be with Me in Paradise), duet, tenor and baritone; 3rd Word, “Stabat Mater Juxta Crucem” (By the cross the sorrowful Mother stood), soprano, tenor, bass and chorus; 4th Word, “Deus Meus, Deus Meus,” (My God, My God), baritone solo; 5th Word, “Sitio,” (I thirst), tenor, baritone and chorus; 6th Word, “Pater in Manus Tuas” (Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit); tenor and chorus; 7th Word, “Et Clamans Jesu voce magna dixit” (And Jesus crying out in a loud voice, said “It is consummated), soproano, tenor, baritone, chorus; Adoramus Te Christe (We adore Thee, O Christ), chorus. After a sermon by Rev. C. F. Kelly of Waterbury, the following will be sung: “The Palms,” tenor solo, by Faure, John P. Reilly; “O Salutaris,” tenor solo, St. Saens; John O’Neill; Tantum Ergo, sanctuary choir; Laudate Dominum, Gregorian; recessional, “Hail, Christ, All Glorious,” sanctuary choir. Mrs. James McMahon, soprano; John P. Reilly, tenor; Robert Hamilton, baritone; Miss Margaret Kennedy, organist and director.”

 

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Ladies’ Night OutSpring into Fashion fundraiser to benefit Trinity Catholic Middle School on Thursday, May 7th.  Please join us at The Italian Center for an evening of fashion, dinner, and fun! Great Basket Raffles and Exciting Silent Auction. Door Prizes!!  Tickets: $60. For details, or to make a donation to support Trinity Catholic Middle School, please call Ann Waters at 322-8470 or annwaters1@aol.com.

 

The Shippan Point Garden Club… May Market Fundraiser:  Plant Sale and Tag Sale, Raffle & Silent Auction. There’ll be great food!  On Saturday, May 9th, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea, 1200 Shippan Avenue. Proceeds for environmental programs, scholarships and civic plantings.

 

Sacred Heart Parish Card Party: April 17th, 6:30 p.m. $15. per person.  For reservations, call Judy Perugini: 322-1265, after 6:00 p.m.

Mass Intentions

Saturday, April 4

4:00      +Elvira Molgano req. son & daughter-in-law Robert & Marion Jordan

Sunday, April 5

  7:30    +Robert Rohr req. Dawn Hartnett

10:00    +John & Angelina Pascale req. John & Laura Pascale

12:00    +Teresa Mandera may her soul rest in peace req. Scholastica Nabwire

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

Monday, April 6

  8:00    Deceased Members of Mazza & D’Ariano Families

12:10    +Eva, Charles, Sr. & Nicholas Kronk & Mary Fedonchuks req. Mary Churley

Tuesday, April 7

  8:00    +John Maloney req. wife Mary

12:10    +Virginia Carr req. Marie Carr

Wednesday, April 8

  8:00    Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

12:10   +Wally Thiel 1st Anniversary req. McAleer Family

THURSDAY, April 9: HOLY THURSDAY

  8:00   No Mass

 12:10  No Mass

   8:00 p.m.  Mass of the Lord’s Supper:  People of the Parish

FRIDAY, April 10: GOOD FRIDAY

    8:00 No Mass

 12:10  No Mass

   3:00  Liturgy of the Passion

SATURDAY, April 11: HOLY SATURDAY

  8:00   No Mass

 12:10  No Mass

 

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 Wed. 7:00 -10:30 a.m., Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St, Stamford. 

 

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.

 

Credit Card Offertory…Make weekly or monthly donations by credit card. You can set up recurring credit card donations with the church secretary.  She can take your information over the telephone.  Call (203) 324-1553 x21.

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

 

Sponsor Certificates for Baptism or ConfirmationAre happily given to parishioners of St. John’s, i.e. Those who are registered members; those whose regular Mass attendance is known to the priests, or whose parish membership can be verified by the records of the weekly offertory (envelopes). 

The Stations of the Cross

– Fr Terry Walsh

 

            Reflecting on the Passion of our Lord, we are drawn into the path he traveled for our sake. As we contemplate each station we begin to experience in our hearts the pain he endured. At the same time, we are able to offer him our sufferings, our daily trials. Our suffering has value. When we offer it to our Lord, we participate in the redemption of the world. St Paul once said, “I will make up for what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ.” At first glance, one might wonder, what could possibly be lacking in the sufferings of Christ. After all, he offered the perfect sacrifice on the Cross. Indeed, all the suffering ever known or endured by mankind taken as a whole pales by comparison to the suffering the Innocent Victim endured. What was Paul talking about? Jesus tells us, “Pick up your Cross and follow me.” In other words, open your heart to a more perfect love. Be willing to go the extra mile for those in need. In this, we become more perfect reflections of Divine love.

            Through the Sacrament of Baptism, we die with Christ. In other words, we are meant to turn away from selfishness and instead humbly seek to live the Gospel, the Word of Life. In a general sense, we accomplish this by carrying out the ordinary daily circumstances of our lives with an eye toward Heaven. In providing for our families and encouraging one another in all our various activities as if we are attending to Christ Himself. Love God in our neighbor. More specifically, as we encounter the Cross through illness, loss of a job, struggles and disagreements with friends and family, the loss of a loved one, and so on, the Cross becomes heavier and more difficult to manage. Like Christ at the 1st Station, we are judged. Like Christ, we receive the Cross; we stumble, we fall under its weight. Yet, it is precisely in these circumstances that we receive the help we need to carry our Cross, to endure it – if we ask. Our Lord is most near us when we are put to the test. He promised he would never abandon us; he would always provide whatever we need in every circumstance- joyful or sorrowful – if we pray to him and give thanks for His generous love. We may encounter the Cross in many ways. Often times, the Cross comes to us. It might be light and temporary. It might be heavy and sustained. Others may lay the burden on our shoulders, or perhaps we willingly seek the Cross; that is, we go out of our way to satisfy the needs of others. Any sacrifice we make is an encounter with the Cross. And there is joy in it. It’s not that there is joy in suffering, which is always an evil. Rather, the joy comes in knowing we are growing in holiness – even in the midst of suffering and sacrifice; we are being made new through the graces we are receiving through our cooperation with the Holy Spirit as we fulfill our Baptismal Promises. Recall the 4th Station, where Jesus meets our Lady, Mary: “Behold, I will make all things new!” he tells Her. He accomplishes it through the Cross. We’re able to participate in His journey at each station. He allows us, indeed beckons us, to walk with Him. Jesus said, “Learn from me for I am meek and humble of heart.” As we seek to love our neighbor as Christ loves us, we will find a joy and peace that can only come from God. The little sacrifices that we can offer to our Lord each day – the kind word, the pat on the back, the errand done generously, the prayer offered for another’s intention – these unite us to the Cross. What Station are you experiencing today?

Bulletin for Sunday, March 29, 2009

–Pastor’s Corner . . . This Sunday ushers in the period of Passiontide.  Our attention is centered entirely upon the sacrificial aspect of Jesus’ life and ministry: Jesus’ Passion and suffering, death on the Cross, descent into hell, bodily resurrection from the dead and ascension to Heaven, are as so many acts in His conflict with Satan, and in His triumph over death. To underscore this, all statues and the crucifix on the altar are covered: the Church wears her “widow’s weeds”, as it were: she begins to mourn, and allows nothing to distract her concentration on the sacrificial death of Her Bridegroom, Jesus the Lord. Passiontide, likewise, recalls the victory of Christ’s Cross and of every faithful Christian over Satan, and not just the battle. 

            After the rediscovery of the True Cross in Jerusalem in the early 4th century—it had been buried and preserved beneath a temple to Jupiter, built atop the ancient memorial of Our Lord’s death at Calvary by the 2nd century Roman Emperor Hadrian—veneration of the Cross grew more popular.  The reality of the Cross had been expressed already clearly in the New Testament, especially in the Letter to the Hebrews and the four Gospels. By the fourth century these teachings became more popularly expressed: the Cross as the instrument of our salvation, but, also as the throne of Christ’s glory and the sign of His victory over Satan and death.  The ancient Holy Thursday Eucharistic hymn, Pange, expresses this: “Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle; over the trophy of the Cross, proclaim the noble triumph; tell how the Redeemer of the world won victory through His sacrifice. The Creator looked on sadly as the first man, Adam, was deceived, and as he fell into the snare of death, taking a bite of a lethal fruit; it was then that God chose this blessed piece of wood [the Cross] to destroy the other tree’s curse. You alone, O’ Cross, have been worthy to carry the ransom of the world; mankind’s ship had gone down beneath the waves, but you opened the way to our port of rescue.  For you, O’ Cross, are anointed with the sacred blood which sprung forth from the body of the Lamb.”

            Saint John’s is blessed in many ways. As we approach the holiest time of the year, Holy Week, one blessing stands out in my mind: the parish has a Relic of the True Cross: the wood upon which hung the salvation of the world in the person of Jesus. It was a gift a few years ago, and fully documented, set in a beautiful 18th century Flemish sterling silver reliquary. You may have noticed that the door of the tabernacle on the Saint Joseph side altar is missing: I’ve removed it, and will replace it with an unbreakable plexi-glass door set in a brass frame, which will lock. The small tabernacle will become a Shrine of the Holy Cross: it will be used as a permanent reliquary of the True Cross; the relic will be on permanent display for the veneration of our parishioners throughout the years, locked behind an unbreakable but clear door. Hopefully, all will be ready in a week or so.

            Spend some time during this week and during the one following, which is Holy Week, meditating on Christ’s generous sacrifice to save you: go to Confession, and join in the Holy Week services on April 9th, 10th and 11th.

Msgr. DiGiovanni

 

 

 

 

 

Please pray for the sick  Lily Rice, Marion Giordano, Ray Flaharty, Philip Renard, John Mellace, Christine Exantus, Evelyn Flaharty, Diane Ojohanna, Phil De Felice, Sr., Janet Rodgers, Aidan Moon, Mary Daniele

 

Please pray for those who have recently died Alice Banning, Paul Eldridge, Antoinetta Fiore, Marie Corcoran, Eugene Rizzi, Denis O’Neil, Cecila Tucker, Edith O’Hara, Vincenzo Giannitti Alverta Sahd, Frances Lorusso, Thomas Carucci, Sr.

 

CONFESSION During Lent, every Catholic Church throughout Fairfield County will remain open each Tuesday evening, from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. for confessions, including St. John’s.   Please drop by and avail yourself of this sacrament. Our regular schedule of daily confessions continues, as well.

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS . . . each Friday during Lent:

4:00 p.m.  English Stations;   6:00 p.m.  Creole Stations

 

St. John’s Bible Study We are using The Bible Timeline Series every Thursday in the rectory at 7:30 p.m.  Join us!  Next meeting:  April 2nd.

 

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … We will next meet on Wednesday, May 6th in the rectory at 7:30 p.m. to study early Baptismal catechesis of the first centuries of the Church.

 

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 Biblical Greek . . . meets each Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory:   April 2nd:   Review Lessons XI & XII.

 

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin… a goodly number of parishioners have asked about a parish Latin grammar course:  I’m willing if you are.  We could meet once each week, beginning the first week in June:  this could be your summer study course!  It will be basic grammar—Dick and Jane—so, don’t be afraid. If you’re interested, please give Monsignor a call: 324-1553, ext. 11.   Like all other parish classes/study groups, there will be no charge.

 

Parish Women’s Society Meets every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the Rectory for prayer, refreshments and conversation.  All are welcome; please, join us:  just walk in the first front door.

 

Religion Classes for Adults We meet in the rectory at 7:30 p.m.  The class is on a 7-week cycle April 1st, April 15th, April 22nd and April 29th.   Please contact Providencia at (203­) 324 -1553 ext. 21.

 

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 April 7th.

 

The 20’s and 30’s next meeting April 13th at Columbus Park

 

A SPRING GARDEN PARTY

A Parish Spring Parish Fundraising Event:

Sunday, May 3, 2009.  We hope you will join us for a great event – fabulous dinner, musical charms, exciting auctions. Individual seats $75 per person, special tables available – Please call the Rectory for more information or for your reservation – (203) 324-1553, ext 21 or register online @ www.stjohnsstamford.com.

We look forward to seeing you on May 3!

 

Sunday, March 22, 2009   $ 13,206.47  

 

Sunday, March 23, 2008   $ 10,472.46

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

 

Sunday Readings for April 5th:   Mk. 11:1-10 or Jn. 12:12-16 (37), Is. 50:4-7; Phil. 2:6-11; Mk. 14:1-15:47 or 15:1-39 (38)

 

Marriage Bann:  1st Lionel Francisco Pina & Jody Ann Fay.

 

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 50 (2) 69 (Tune: Picardy).  The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.

 

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass . . . Mass Ordinary: Mass for Five Voices – William Byrd, 1540-1623. Offertory motet: Peccantem me quotidie – Christóbal de Morales, c. 1500-1553 (The fear of death overwhelms me, who sin every day and do not repent: For in hell is no redemption. Have mercy on me. O God spare me!). Communion motets: Miserere mei – Tomás Luis de Victoria, 1548-1611 (Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me. [Ps. 6:2]); He was despisèd (from Messiah, Sarah Bleasdale, mezzo-soprano). The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Judica me Deus (Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly nation; from wicked and deceitful men deliver me, for you are my God and my strength. Send forth your light and your truth; these have led me and brought me to your holy mountain and to your dwelling place. [Ps. 43:1,2,3]); Tract Sæpe expugnaverunt me (Often have they fought against me from my youth. Let Israel now say: Often have they fought against me from my youth. Yet, they have not prevailed against me: my back has become an anvil for the hammering of sinners. They have long oppressed me with their iniquities. But the Lord of justice will break the necks of sinners. [Psalm 129:1-4]); Offertory Confitebor tibi (I will praise you, O Lord, with my whole heart; deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and observe your word; revive me according to your word, O Lord. [Psalm 119:7, 10, 17, and 25]); Communion Qui mihi ministrat (If a man would serve me, let him follow me; wherever I am, my servant will also be. [John 12:26]). Postlude: Psalm 50 – Tonus peregrinus.

 

Lenten Concert . . . A wonderful tradition here at St. John’s has become to observe today, the fifth Sunday in Lent, with a spiritual exercise through the great art of the composer Franz Josef Haydn. This afternoon at 3:00 p.m. the Arianna String Quartet will perform The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross.  One of most highly regarded string quartets of all time and among Haydn’s last and best works, this vivid musical portrait of the crucifixion of Our Lord is narrated by Msgr. DiGiovanni and is only about an hour in length.  There is a free pre-concert lecture by Scott Turkington at 2:30 p.m. in Nagle Hall.   $10.00 suggested donation. Please come!

 

Calling all 10:00 a.m. Mass Singers for the Adult Choir . . . Rehearsals are Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the music room in the basement of the church.  For more information, call Scott Turkington 324-1553, ext. 18.

 

The Shippan Point Garden Club… Will host its May Market Fundraiser:  Plant Sale and Tag Sale, Raffle & Silent Auction. There’ll be great food!  On Saturday, May 9th, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea, 1200 Shipppan Avenue. Treasure hunters come early!! All proceeds will be used for environmental programs, scholarships and civic plantings.

St. John’s in The News . . .

        . . . 50 years ago, or so:

 

March 30, 1956:  Catholics Crowd Churches For New Holy Week Rites. “Stamford’s Catholic Churches shared on Thursday an experience reported from many localities; unprecedented attendance at Holy Thursday Masses. This year, for the first time, evening Masses were the rule instead of morning Masses, in keeping with instructions from Pope Pius XII. The Pope pointed out that more people would be able to attend the evening Masses and that evening services would be closer in the time of day to the events of the Passion of Christ that are commemorated. Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman said that although the 5 p.m. Mass at St. John’s Church was attended by a capacity congregation, this was not unprecedented for St. John’s Church. At morning Masses in previous years, the Church, centrally located, was attended usually by large numbers from that and other parishes who could go to morning Mass and still get to their place of work in time.”

 

April 4, 1956: $1 Million Goal Passed In Drive For Catholic HS. “The Stamford Catholic High School Building Fund Campaign exceeded the $1 million goal set for the first phase of the campaign when reports of pledges for memorial gifts were announced Tuesday night as totaling $1,030,189. The Most Rev. Lawrence J. Shehan, Bishop of Bridgeport; the Rt. Rev. Msgr. John J. Hayes, pastor of St. Mary’s, and the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s, spoke to the workers, expressing their pleasure over the results of the first phase and thanking the workers for their efforts.”

 

April 3, 1958: Stamford Churches Plan Programs Of Easter Music. “Programs of Easter music have been planned for special and regular services of most Stamford’s churches for Easter Sunday. In addition, many churches are planning special services and other observances for today, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. St. John’s – Holy Thursday, Solemn Mass and procession of the Blessed Sacrament, 5 p.m. Good Friday, Communion service and Adoration of the Cross, 3 p.m. Holy Saturday, Easter vigil service, 7:30 p.m., to be followed by the first Easter Mass. Easter – Music at 11 a.m. by the senior choir and boys’ choir. “Missa Stella Matutina,” by the adults, and Easter hymns and Alleluias by the boys. The girls’ choir will sing at 9.”

 

April 4, 1959: “The Children of Mary Society of St. John’s Church will meet Sunday after the 8 a.m. Mass in the school hall. St. John’s Holy Name Society will hold a special meeting at 8 p.m. Monday, in the lower Chapel.”

 

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Win a 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid!!!  Support Trinity Catholic High School.  Please support Trinity Catholic High School in their main fundraiser for 2008-2009 by buying a raffle ticket for a 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid.  Tickets are $100 each.  Only 800 tickets are being sold.  Drawing April 4, 2009.  If you would like a ticket, call Sheila at 203-849-1547 or visit our website at www.trinitycatholic.org.

 

Year of Saint Paul… A Plenary Indulgence is offered the faithful through June 29th: by visiting the adoration chapel at Saint John Fisher Seminary Residence on Newfield Avenue:  the chapel is open Monday through Thursday, 6:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m., and from Friday at 6:00 a.m. until Sunday 11:00 p.m.  The usual conditions apply: sacramental confession and communion, praying one Our Father and Hail Mary for the intentions of Pope Benedict XVI.

 

Mass Intentions

 

Saturday, March 28

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

Sunday, March 29

  7:30    Thanksgiving to God req. Melissa Ternier

10:00    +Guglielmo Labrosciano rq. The Labrosciano Family

12:00    +Mrs. Shirley William req. Juanita I. Evans

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

Monday, March 30

  8:00    +Diane Greene req. Maude & Paul Hughes & Family

12:10    +Rose Giancola req. Millie & George Terenzio & Family

Tuesday, March 31

  8:00    Mr.  & Mrs. Robert Cassidy 50th wedding anniversary req. Denis & Kristen Cassidy

12:10    +Jeff Brown req. Paul Murphy

Wednesday, April 1

  8:00    +Tom Weathers req. Paul Murphy

12:10   Special Intention Ann & Jo Corcione req. Renella family

Thursday, April 2

  8:00   +Frank Walsh req. Cecilia Nino & family

 12:10  +Charles DeSilva req. daughter & family

Friday, April 3

  8:00    +Margaret Timon req. Thomas A. Timon

 12:10   +John Lancaster req. Susan Kremheller

Saturday, April 4

  8:00   +Maureen Elaine Smith & Smith family req. daughter

12:10               Special Intention Deliverance Philippe Renard req. mother

 

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 Wed. 7:00 -10:30 a.m., Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St, Stamford. 

 

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.

 

Credit Card Offertory…Make weekly or monthly donations by credit card. You can set up recurring credit card donations with the church secretary.  She can take your information over the telephone.  Call (203) 324-1553 x21.

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

 

Sponsor Certificates for Baptism or ConfirmationAre happily given to parishioners of St. John’s, i.e. Those who are registered members; those whose regular Mass attendance is known to the priests, or whose parish membership can be verified by the records of the weekly offertory (envelopes). 

The Resurrection of the Body

– Fr Terry Walsh

“Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me.”

– John 12

            As we approach the great Solemnity of Easter, we quite naturally meditate on the promise of Resurrection, all made possible by the death and Resurrection of our Lord. “If the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the One who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through His Spirit dwelling in you.” What hopeful words we hear from St. Paul. And how does it all come about? How do we receive the Spirit into our souls? Speaking through the Prophet Ezekiel, the Divine Word ushers in this hope when He proclaims: “When I open your graves and have you rise from them, O my people! I will put my Spirit in you that you may live…” He prepares the way for the Resurrection of the Soul through the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit – God living IN us; for when the Spirit dwells in us, we have a power that is not our own: the power to love, to forgive, to understand, to have wisdom and knowledge, and boundless grace. It is God’s strength working in us – through our faithful cooperation – enabling us to seek the Truth and to abide in the Truth; to seek holiness, and purity – it comes to us at a great cost: the sacrifice of Christ. Our Lord tells us: “I am the Resurrection and the Life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” Of course, Jesus is referring to Eternal Beatitude, being caught up into the love of the Holy Trinity’ – to bask in His light forever – a light that we receive through the gift of faith, nourished Sacramentally, especially through the Eucharist, Confession, and of course, prayer.

            Through Mary’s faithful consent, God took on our flesh in order to redeem it – to sanctify it – to enable us to rise with Him to new life. Jesus unbinds us from the shroud of sin and death so that we might live in the Spirit. Mary said yes to God. Jesus, likewise, was obedient to the will of the Father – even to the Cross. And so now our Lord asks us to choose. He offers life and blessings if we follow Him. What will you say? If you choose life in the Spirit, you will indeed be free from eternal death. He will remove every stain of sin, through the door of confession, and allow your soul to soar to heaven, unencumbered by the weight of sin.

            Think back for a moment to the tears shed by the Blessed Mother as Jesus was taken down from the Cross and laid in Her arms. As Mary carefully wrapped His Sacred Body, binding His many wounds, weeping and grieving at the evil done to Him, perhaps the echo of His words resonated in Her heart: “I am the Resurrection. He who believes in Me will not die.” What incomparable tears of sorrow must have streamed from Her eyes. Why did they reject Him? Why did they cling to their petty jealousies, their envy, and let their pride get the better of them? 

            Forty hours after He drew His last breath on the Cross, Jesus would rise from the dead – death had no power over Him – and now – through Him – it has no power over us. He cast aside the burial cloth, the Holy Shroud. Indeed, the radiant light of His Resurrection left an indelible mark on the Holy Shroud as testimony of His words and now it leaves an indelible mark on our souls through Baptism. Scientists explain that the image of his wounded body emblazoned upon the shroud is actually characteristic of the power and magnitude of a nuclear blast. All who believe in Him share in His radiant Light. ‘In His Light, we see light’ – never to be bound by the darkness anymore. We simply need to follow Him….   If the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through His Spirit dwelling in you.

Bulletin for Sunday, March 22, 2009

Pastor’s Corner . . . March offers two great solemnities: the 19th is that of Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary; and the 25th is the Solemnity of the Annunciation.  They are related, since Saint Joseph willingly sacrificed his hoped for joys of being a father when asked by God to do so for one reason: for love of God, and to play a far greater role as the foster father of the Savior, and the protector of the Mother of God. The opening prayer for the day says it perfectly: “Almighty God, in its beginning you entrusted the mystery of mankind’s salvation to the faithful protection of Saint Joseph. By his intercession may your Church. . .bring that salvation to full flower.”

      The ancient name for the Annunciation on the 25th was “the Feast of the Incarnation”, when the Word [the Second Person of the Trinity; the Eternal Son of the Father] took to Himself our human nature in the womb of Blessed Virgin Mary in Nazareth when she said to the angel Gabriel, “Be it done unto me according to thy word” [Luke 1:38].  It was exactly then that, by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit, a body was fashioned from the Virgin’s flesh and blood, a rational soul was created and infused into that body [as in every instance of human conception in the womb of a mother], and, in the same instant, the complete human nature was united to the divine person of the Father’s eternal Son. God became a human being at the moment of his conception in the Virgin’s womb.  That is what the Church celebrated on March 25th–Nine months before Christmas. Why did God become a man? –In order to redeem mankind on the Cross.  God’s love for sinful mankind is so strong that He determined to save us by entering into man’s concrete destiny and experiencing his very life, suffering, death and Hell, in order to free us by means of solidarity with us, and raising us to share His divine life forever.  The God who feels no pain and knows no change because He is perfect and eternal, assumed a human nature and body like ours in order suffer and to offer it in sacrifice, so that the whole human person might obtain salvation.  As Pope Saint Leo the Great described it, “He descended into what is ours [our human nature and body] to assume not just the substance but also the condition of sinful nature.”[Sermon 71, 2]  Some of the earliest Church Fathers reckoned that March 25th was both the day of Adam’s creation and fall into sin, as well as the date of God’s Incarnation, and Christ’s death on Calvary: the second Adam [Christ] coming to rescue the first Adam by taking on flesh and sacrificing that flesh on the Cross.  While the history is more whimsical than accurate, the reality is clearly expressed:  Christ, the new Adam, came to save the old Adam. This was repeated by a medieval author:  “Hail festive day [March 25th], that staunches our wounds, the Angel is sent, Christ dies on the Cross, and Adam is created and falls on the same day.”  [Summa Aurea, vol. I, 602] Another medieval poem claimed that Christ’s Cross was fashioned from the wood of an apple tree, since mankind’s fall came when Adam picked and ate the forbidden apple in the Garden of Eden.  While not historically accurate, the reality is expressed:  the final goal of the Incarnation—God becoming a man—is the Cross.  But there is more: God became a man to redeem us not only from but for something: entry, by grace, into the life of the Blessed Trinity.  The Three Divine Persons all contribute to our salvation, in the Incarnation, in order that we might share their life.   St. John of the Cross brought this out clearly in one of his poems: “Though the three Persons worked the wonder, it only happened in the One, so was the Word made incarnation, in Mary’s womb, a Son.”  The Incarnation, the Death and Resurrection of Jesus on the Cross, and Pentecost, the beginning of the Church, are all expressions of God’s love in the reality of our life, to lead us to share the life of the Trinity forever. —Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick  Marion Gioradno, Ray Flaharty, Philip Renard, John Mellace, Christine Exantus, Evelyn Flaharty, Diane Ojohanna, Phil De Felice, Sr., Janet Rodgers, Aidan Moon, Mary Daniele

 

Please pray for those who have recently died. . .  Antoinetta Fiore, Marie Corcoran, Eugene Rizzi, Denis O’Neil, Cecila Tucker, Edith O’Hara, Vincenzo Giannitti Alverta Sahd, Frances Lorusso, Thomas Carucci, Sr. Julia McCarthy

 

American Bishop Overseas Collection . . . Please drop your American Bishop Overseas Collection envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.  There will only be one collection today.

 

CONFESSION During Lent, every Catholic Church throughout Fairfield County will remain open each Tuesday evening, from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. for confessions, including St. John’s.   Please drop by and avail yourself of this sacrament.

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS . . . each Friday during Lent:

4:00 p.m.  English Stations;  6:00 p.m.  Creole Stations

 

St. Anne Society will meet on SUNDAY “March 22nd for Pizza and Pasta Night” in the Monsignor Nagle Hall at 5:00 p.m.  Dr. Joan Kelly will speak about Baptism and “The Family.”

 

Natural Family Planning Session (NFP) will be held on March 23, 2009 at 7:45 p.m. in the home of Lisa & Alex Frawley. To reserve a place please call Lisa Frawley at 203 254 6615.

 

St. John’s Bible Study We are using The Bible Timeline Series every Thursday in the rectory at 7:30 p.m.  Join us! Next meeting: March 26th.

 

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … We will next meet on Wednesday, March 25th in the rectory at 7:30 p.m. to continue studying Celtic Saints and their works.

 

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 Biblical Greek . . . meets each Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory:   March 26th:   Review Lessons X & XI.  

 

Parish Women’s Society . . . Meets every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the Rectory for prayer, refreshments and conversation.  All are welcome; please, join us:  just walk in the first front door.

 

Religion Classes for Adults We meet in the rectory at 7:30 p.m.  The class is on a 7-week cycle:  Wednesdays:  March 18th, March 25th, April 1st, April 15th, April 22nd and April 29th.  Please contact Providencia at (203­) 324 -1553 ext. 21.

 

Moms & Tots … A group of moms and 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 April 7th.

 

The 20’s and 30’s next meeting April 13th at Columbus Park

 

Spring Parish Fundraising Event:

A SPRING GARDEN PARTY

Sunday, May 3, 2009.  We hope you will join us for a great event – fabulous dinner, musical charms, exciting auctions.   Please call the Rectory for more information or for your reservation – (203) 324-1553, ext 21 or register online @ www.stjohnsstamford.com.

We look forward to seeing you on May 3!

Sunday, March 15, 2009   $12,987.10  

 

Sunday, March 16, 2008   $ 10,771.13

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

 

Sunday Readings for March 29th:   Jer. 31:31-34,; Heb. 5:7-9; Jn. 12:20-33 (35) or, for Year A, Ez. 37:12-14, Rom. 8:8-11; Jn. 11:1-45 or 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45 (34)

 

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 262 (2) 54.  The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.

 

March 29th Lenten Concert . . . Franz Josef Haydn’s spiritual exercise The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross at 3:00 p.m., performed by the Arianna String Quartet.  One of most highly regarded string quartets of all time and among Haydn’s last and best works, this vivid musical portrait of the crucifixion of Our Lord is narrated by Msgr. DiGiovanni and is only 45 min. in length. There is a free pre-concert lecture by Scott Turkington at 2:30 p.m. in Nagle Hall. $10.00 suggested donation.  Please come! Concert is in the church at 3:00 p.m.

 

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass . . . Mass Ordinary: Missa de feria – Orlando di Lasso, 1532-1594. Offertory motet: Nolo mortem peccatoris – Thomas Morley, c. 1557 – 1602 (Nolo mortem peccatoris; Haec sunt verba Salvatoris. Father, I am thine only Son, sent down from heav’n mankind to save. Father, all things fullfilled and done according to thy will I have. Father, my will now all is this: Nolo mortem peccatoris. Father, behold my painful smart, taken for man on ev’ry side; ev’n from my birth to death most tart, no kind of pain I have denied, but suffered all, and all for this: Nolo mortem peccatoris.). The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Lætare Ierusalem (Rejoice, O Jerusalem; and gather round, all you who love her; rejoice in gladness, after having been in sorrow; exult and be replenished with the consolation flowing from her motherly bosom.” [Cf. Isaiah 66:10,11; Psalm 122]); Tract Qui confidunt (Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion; the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall never be shaken. [Psalm 125:1.2]); Offertory Laudate Dominum (Praise the Lord, for he is loving; sing in honour of his name, for he is gracious. He has accomplished whatever he resolved to do in heaven and on earth. [Psalm 135:3,6]); Communion Ierusalem quae ædificatur ut civitas (Jerusalem, built as a city whose parts are bound firmly together! It is there that the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord. [Psalm 122:3,4]). Postlude: Psalm 50 – Tonus peregrinus.

 

Calling all 10:00 a.m. Mass Singers for the Adult Choir . . . Rehearsals are Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the music room in the basement of the church.  For more information, call Scott Turkington 324-1553, ext. 18.

 

Holy Week . . . begins on Palm Sunday, April 5th.   Special Holy Week Services: Wednesday, April 8th, 8:00 p.m. Tenebrae; Holy Thursday, April 9th, 8:00 p.m., Mass of the Lord’s Supper with adoration ‘till midnight.  Good Friday, April 10th, 3:00 p.m.: Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion; Saturday, April 11th: Holy Saturday, 8:00 p.m. Easter Vigil.  Please mark your calendar and join us.

 

Melanie Szlucha’s company Red Inc… Helps people prepare for the job search through a clearly-written resume, strong job interview skills and innovative job search strategies.  Find out more about her at: http://www.redinc.biz.  Monday, March 23rd, 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory. Free! Bring your job search questions! 

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t. John’s in The News . . .

        . . . 100 years ago, or so:

 

The Connecticut Catholic:

 March 28, 1885:  STAMFORD. “The Children of Mary will receive Holy Communion in a body on Sunday. On Sunday, at last Mass, the blessed palm will be distributed, as in former years. Father May, of Birmingham (now known as Derby), delivered a sermon on Wednesday evening, and impressed his hearers with the importance of a prompt conversion from sin. Confessions will be heard on next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, consequently there will be no sermon on Wednesday. The ceremonies on next Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be of a very impressive nature.”

 

The Connecticut Catholic:

March 26, 1887: STAMFORD: “On last Thursday night, the 17th, Rev. Father Brady of Portchester, N.Y., delivered in the church a lecture on the life of Ireland’s patron saint in a manner that interested his hearers. There were many strangers present and were well pleased with the lecturer. Before the lecture there were grand musical vespers by the choir of the parish assisted by Mrs. J. Hayden Waud, who sang as soprano soloist and Mr. H. Lawyer Daskam, who sang as tenor soloist. The lecture was followed by benediction. Father Ryle of New Haven was in town Wednesday and that evening delivered a sermon and spoke in an able manner.”

 

The Stamford Advocate:

March 26, 1909: “The order of service in St. John’s R. C. Church, this week, was reversed – the stations of the cross being observed Wednesday evening and this evening, the service usually held Wednesday, with a sermon, will be held. Holy Hour was observed last night from 7:30 till 8:30, with singing by the children’s choir.”

 

The Stamford Advocate:

March 23, 1923: HONORS FOR THE REV. FR. KELLY. Retiring Principal of St. John’s School Receives Gifts from Children and Adults.  “Honors were showered all day yesterday upon the Rev. John J. Kelly, who has just taken charge of the new Italian parish. Beginning at the parish hall of St. John’s Parochial School in the morning, where the children took part in a demonstration, receptions were held during the afternoon and evening at his new rectory, 77 Fairfield Avenue. More than 600 children were present at the demonstration in the morning, which they greeted the retiring principal of the school with songs. The feature of this occasion was the speech of little Louis Racco, who concluded with a presentation to the popular principal of a purse of gold, coming from the pupils. Father Kelly responded fittingly. In the afternoon and evening he was made the recipient of many other gifts of a varied sort, as the hundreds of his former parishioners and new friends came and went. Among the gifts was a handsome one from the eight o’clock Choir of St. John’s Catholic Church. The committee in charge of the reception, composed of women of both old and new parishes, supplied refreshments during the reception. The new principal of St. John’s Parochial School is the Rev. Henry M. Callahan.”

 

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Year of Saint Paul… A Plenary Indulgence is offered the faithful through June 29th: by visiting the adoration chapel at Saint John Fisher Seminary Residence on Newfield Avenue: the chapel is open Monday through Thursday, 6:00 a.m.—11:00 p.m., and from Friday at 6:00 a.m. until Sunday 11:00 p.m.  The usual conditions apply: sacramental confession and communion, praying one Our Father and Hail Mary for the intentions of Pope Benedict XVI.

 

Win a 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid!!!  Support Trinity Catholic High School.  Please support Trinity Catholic High School in their main fundraiser for 2008-2009 by buying a raffle ticket for a 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid.  Tickets are $100 each.  Only 800 tickets are being sold.  Drawing April 4, 2009.  If you would like a ticket, call Sheila at 203-849-1547 or visit our website at www.trinitycatholic.org.

Mass Intentions

 

Saturday, March 21

4:00      +William Borkowski req. Michael & Ann Borkowski

Sunday, March 22

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

10:00    +Florence De Silva req. daughter & family

12:00    +Candida Ortega Ayes req. the Marchetti family

6:00      Thanks to God req. Elsie Valcour Cenelos

Monday, March 23

  8:00    Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

12:10    Anne Marie & Mario Incalicchio req. Maude & Paul Hughes

Tuesday, March 24

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

12:10    Special Intention Jerry Corcione req. Ann & Jo Corcione

Wednesday, March 25

  8:00    Jeannette Kim req. Sharon Gannon

12:10   +Jeannette Melsenti 1st Anniversary  req. Millie Terenzio

Thursday, March 26

  8:00   Thanksgiving to God req. Fabiola C.

 12:10  +Frank Tartell req. Michael Tartell

Friday, March 27

  8:00    +Ida C. Andersen req. Ann Bello

12:10    +Andrew & Katherine Bosilevas family req. son James

Saturday, March 28

  8:00   +Frank Janesch req. Cycon family

12:10               Emmett O’Hara & Family req. Maude & Paul Hughes

 

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.

 

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.

 

Credit Card Offertory…Make weekly or monthly donations by credit card. You can set up recurring credit card donations with the church secretary.  She can take your information over the telephone.  Call (203) 324-1553 x21.

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

 

Sponsor Certificates for Baptism or ConfirmationAre happily given to parishioners of St. John’s, i.e. Those who are registered members; those whose regular Mass attendance is known to the priests, or whose parish membership can be verified by the records of the weekly offertory (envelopes). 

 

Spiritual Blindness

-Fr Terry Walsh

“Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness….Awake, O Sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” – Saint Paul

Lent is a season of Conversion: “Repent, and Believe in the Gospel.” It is a season of opportunity.  Our Lord is calling us to a deeper, more faithful relationship with Him. But, saying yes to God means turning away from worldliness which very often blind us to our true end, fellowship with God. The world tempts us to look away from God and place attention selfishly on ourselves. Consequently, the efficacy and even the mystery of the Sacraments can be lost. It takes effort to sit still for a few moments and silently reflect on how God is working in our souls; that is, how He mysteriously anoints us and administers supernatural graces that revive us and enable our spiritual eyes grow stronger. We become more adept at discerning truth and purity and holiness through a deeper prayer life and a more faithful reception of the sacraments. In order to bear fruit, we have to put these “gifts of the Holy Spirit” to work, and, in the quiet of our souls, become docile to the path God calls us to travel. When we’re filled with the Holy Spirit, we’ll begin to see as God sees.  We won’t be tempted to see as man sees: man who is so fallible, so proud; man who judges on appearances as if he possessed perfect knowledge and understanding. Pride blinds us. It darkens the eyes of our soul and makes us look silly.  It beguiles us along a very dangerous path that constantly chips away at our true identity as “Children of the Light.”

In the Gospel of John (chapter 9) we hear the story of the man born blind. Our Lord uses the occasion to teach that He alone is the True Light.  Through Him, we are able to see all that is True.  Humility is the key.  The Pharisees were the leaders of God’s Holy People, but they had lost their way.  They were angry men. Why?  Well, they were envious of this Jesus.  Could it be that they allowed themselves to be caught up in the imagination of their minds? Had they become ‘little kings’ unto themselves? Could it be that they preferred the appearance of being wise and learned and deserving of respect rather than humbly bowing down before God?  Had the Pharisees truly been wise, they would have been men of deep prayer and their prayer would have led them to spiritual purity.  They would have recognized Who it was that walked in their midst. They would have witnessed through the eyes of love and mercy the manifestation of the divinity of this Jesus, humbly healing the man born blind – relieving his life-long suffering. They would have rejoiced with hearts overflowing in awe and wonder – not only because of his merciful healing, but even more because they would have clearly recognized that the time of their own spiritual captivity would have been over. The great Healer was staring right at them! How could they possibly have missed Him?  They were looking right at Him! How could they have missed the very One they claimed to be waiting for – the Messiah! How?  Well, perhaps they weren’t really looking for Him after all.  Perhaps they were really only concerned about satisfying their own worldly desires.  Perhaps they allowed their conscience to be formed by the world – and not by God.  They weren’t really interested in spiritual purity. They were more interested in filling their greedy hearts with worldly stuff.  The man born blind, on the other hand, possessed a great gift, even before Jesus restored his sight.  The man born blind was filled with humility.  It was his humility that allowed the Holy Spirit to rush upon him.  It was his humility that that enabled him to forget himself so that he could focus his attention upon the Anointed One.  In the midst of the angry mob, that humble soul overflowed with love and gratitude, declaring unequivocally, “I do believe in the Son of Man! What could his foes do to harm his radiant soul?  They could beat him.  Perhaps even kill him.  It really didn’t matter – the Son of Man, the Messiah, knew his name – loved him – healed him and “led him beside restful waters and refreshed his soul.”  Those arrogant Pharisees couldn’t harm his soul.  It was protected.  That poor humble man knew well his own identity – he was a soul loved by God – and he in turn offered him thanks and praise!  

Bulletin for Sunday, March 15, 2009

Pastor’s Corner . .  St. Patrick wrote his Confessions at the end of his life.  He began: “I, Patrick, the sinner, the most illiterate and the least of all the faithful, and contemptible in the eyes of very many, had for a father Calpornius,…who belonged to the village of Bannavem Taberniae.  Now he had a small farm hard by, and there I was taken captive.  I was then about sixteen years of age. I did not know the true God; and I went into captivity to Ireland with many thousands of persons . . .”

     Born in England, he was captured by Irish slavers and brought to Ireland, where he endured six years’ enslavement as a shepherd, finally escaping to Britain. While born a Christian, he was actually a practicing non-believer, living a worldly life, until his capture. During his years of servitude, he had a true conversion and, following the voice of Christ and sought priestly ordination, for he dreamt that the Irish people were calling him back to the isle of his captivity to save them through Christ. He went to France and was taught by the saintly theologian, St. Germain of Auxerre, and was introduced to monastic life. Despite his late start, and incomplete education, Patrick was ordained, but his superiors refused to send him back to Ireland, despite his insistence.

  The reason was that Ireland was seen as a country of untamed barbarians, and Europe feared them. St. Palladius had been to Ireland nearly two centuries earlier, the first apostle to Ireland, sent by Pope Celestine I.  All refused to go to continue the work of St. Palladius—except Patrick, whose unique insistence that he be permitted to preach in the pagan wilds of Ireland brought him to the attention of the pope.  Patrick was appointed bishop, and began to preach in the north and west of the Emerald Isle, where no one had yet preached the Gospel. Since there were no towns or fortresses on the Roman pattern, Patrick established churches directly subject to him as bishop, with monasteries attached, similar to those found in Gaul, today’s France.  His principal home base of operations was Armagh. Patrick propagated monastic life, brought clergy from Europe, and taught Latin and theology to his younger priests. By this means, the Irish monks would re-Christianize Europe in the subsequent centuries, preserving the Catholic faith and the classical Latin literature of western culture when all had been lost during the centuries of the Dark Ages.  His primary opposition came from the Druids, and the English, especially after Patrick’s letter to the British prince Coroticus, who had raided the Irish coastal towns and enslaved some of Patrick’s Catholic converts. 

  St. Patrick’s influence on the development of the Church and of the culture of Ireland was immense, the effects of which continue to this day, nearly 1,600 after his death.  Let us pray for a dose of his love for the Church and his devotion to Our Lord that led him to forgive his persecutors and return to the place of his slavery in order to bring salvation to them who had once persecuted him. St. Patrick, pray for us.

  Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!! —Msgr. DiGiovanni

 

Saint Patrick’s Day Ancient Order of Hibernian Mass. . . Here at Saint John’s on Tuesday, March 17th at 9:00 A.M.: All are welcome!

 

I want to thank everyone who volunteered to represent Saint John’s and Bishop Lori at the Hartford public hearing to discuss Senator Andrew McDonald’s proposed bill #1098.  As you know, Senator McDonald cancelled the public hearing.  If and when this reappears, I hope you will once again lend your support to defeat the State’s interference in the Roman Catholic Church in Connecticut.  Mons. SMD

Please pray for the sick  Ray Flaharty, Philip Renard, John Mellace, Christine Exantus, Evelyn Flaharty, Diane Ojohanna, Phil De Felice, Sr., Janet Rodgers, Aidan Moon, Mary Daniele

 

Please pray for those who have recently died. . .  Antoinetta Fiore, Marie Corcoran, Eugene Rizzi, Denis O’Neil, Cecila Tucker, Edith O’Hara, Vincenzo Giannitti Alverta Sahd, Frances Lorusso, Thomas Carucci, Sr. Julia McCarthy, Ella Palumba, Vito Melfi,  Arthur Capalbo, Avery Cardinal Dulles

 

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

 

CONFESSION During Lent, every Catholic Church throughout Fairfield County will remain open each Tuesday evening, from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. for confessions, including. St. John’s.  Please drop by and avail yourself of this sacrament.

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS . . . each Friday during Lent:

4:00 p.m.  English Stations;  6:00 p.m.  Creole Stations

 

St. Anne Society will meet on SUNDAY “March 22nd for Pizza and Pasta Night” in the Monsignor Nagle Hall. Dr. Joan Kelly will speak about Baptism and “The Family.”

 

Natural Family Planning Session (NFP) will be held on March 23, 2009 at 7:45 p.m. in the home of Lisa & Alex Frawley. To reserve a place please call Lisa Frawley at 203 254 6615.

 

St. John’s Bible Study We are using The Bible Timeline Series every Thursday in the rectory at 7:30 p.m.  Join us!

 

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … We will next meet on Wednesday, March 18th in the rectory at 7:30 p.m. and will study Celtic Saints.

 

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 Biblical Greek . . . meets each Thursday evening at 7:30 pm in the rectory: March 19th: Review Lessons IX & X.  

 

Parish Women’s Society . . . Meets every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the Rectory for prayer, refreshments and conversation.  All are welcome; please, join us:  just walk in the first front door.

 

Religion Classes for Adults We meet in the rectory at 7:30 p.m.  The class is on a 7-week cycle: Wednesdays:  March 11th, March 18th, March 25th, April 1st, April 15th, and April 22nd.  Please contact Providencia at (203­) 324 -1553 ext. 21.

 

Moms & Tots … A group of moms and 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 April 7th.

 

The 20’s and 30’s … next meeting April 13 at Columbus Park

 

Spring Parish Fundraising Event:

A SPRING GARDEN PARTY

Sunday May 3, 2009.  We hope you will join us for a great event – fabulous dinner, musical charms, exciting auctions.   Please call the Rectory for more information or for your reservation – (203) 324-1553, ext 21 or register online @ www.stjohnsstamford.com.

We look forward to seeing you on May 3!

Sunday, March 8, 2009   $ 12,075.96  

 

Sunday, March 9, 2008   $ 11,013.57

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

 

Sunday Readings for March 22nd:   2 Chr. 36:14-16, 19-23; Eph. 2:4-10; Jn. 3:14-21 (32); or, for Year A, 1 Sam. 16:1b, 6-7,10-13a; Eph. 5:8-14, Jn. 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38 (31)

 

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 50 (2) 65.  The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.

 

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass . . . Mass Ordinary: Missa brevis – Antonio Lotti, 1667-1740. Offertory motet: Miserere mei – Tomás Luis de Victoria, 1548-1611 (Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me. [Ps. 6:2]). The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Oculi mei (My eyes are forever turned towards the Lord; for he shall release my feet from the snare; look upon me and have mercy on me, for I am abandoned and destitute. Unto you, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul; O my God, I trust in you, let me not be put to shame. [Ps. 25:15,16,1-2]); Tract Ad te levavi (I have lifted my eyes up unto you, who dwell in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hands of their masters, and as the eyes of a maidservant to the hands of her mistress, so do our eyes look unto the Lord our God until he have mercy on us. Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us. [Ps. 123:1-3]); Offertory Justitiae Domini (The ordinances of the Lord are right, bringing joy to all hearts, sweeter than honey or the honeycomb. Therefore your servant will observe them. [Ps. 19:9-12]); Communion Passer invenit (The sparrow has found herself a home, and the turtle dove a nest in which to lay her young: at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God! Blessed are they who dwell in your house, they shall praise you for ever and ever. [Ps. 84:4,5]). Postlude: Psalm 50 – Tonus peregrinus.

 

Calling all 10:00 a.m. Singers for the Adult Choir . . . Do you usually attend the 10:00 a.m. Mass? Come join us in the choir loft – we really need you!  Rehearsals are Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the music room in the basement of the church.  For those who want to learn or refresh their knowledge of the basics of music, there is a short optional Music Theory Class at 7:15 p.m. For more information, call Scott Turkington 324-1553, ext. 18.

 

A RING HAS BEEN FOUND IN THE CONFESSIONAL.  Please call Providencia at the Rectory: 324-1553, ext. 21.

 

Sign of Peace . . . will NOT be given during Masses for the next few months because of the high risk of contracting the flu.

 

Melanie Szlucha’s company Red Inc… Helps people prepare for the job search through a clearly-written resume, strong job interview skills and innovative job search strategies.  Find out more about her at: http://www.redinc.biz.  Meets Monday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory.  Bring your job search questions!  Tonight–bring a challenge you’re encountering.  I’ll provide my advice and perspective, and the wisdom of the group will also chime in.  The meeting is structured so everyone has a chance to really connect, learn about each other’s job search, and share advice. The meeting ends when all questions are answered.  If the weather is dicey that evening, call me directly before heading out: 203-866-1606.

St. John’s in The  ADVOCATE . . .

       . . . 50 years ago, or so:

 

March 16, 1957:  Irishmen Can Remember Stamford’s Own Dublin. “Mention Dublin to the average Irishman (pretending for the sake of argument that there is such a person as an “average” Irishman), and he will think of the River Liffey, O’Connell Street, the Abbey Theater, or possibly the famous Guinness establishment. But mention Dublin to an Irishman of the older generation in Stamford, and he will think of the part of the city that surrounds Meadow St., East Meadow St., New St., Jefferson St., and nearby areas. Actually Dublin, Stamford, was subdivided into Old Dublin and New Dublin. The name Dublin was acquired because the population of the area was about 100 percent Irish. One of the first structures, besides houses, to go up in Dublin, was the first Catholic Church in Stamford. It was a 60 – by – 40 frame structure erected in 1849 on Meadow St. The first parochial school in Stamford was built, also on Meadow St., in 1860.”

 

March 17, 1958: St. John’s Win To Retain Title In Diocese Play. “The Stamford St. John’s won the Cadet Division Laurels of the Bridgeport Diocesan CYO basketball playoffs in Bridgeport’s Notre Dame High School Sunday, defeating Our Lady of Assumption, of Fairfield, 49 – 40. Successfully defending its Cadet Division title, the Stamford quintet gained a 26 – 19 halftime lead. Fine rebounding and team work in the last two quarters protected the margin. Bob Gross, Al Macsata and Tommy Byrne were outstanding under the boards. Byrne was the high scorer with 19 points.”

 

March 16, 1959: Holy Name Society Of St. John’s Plans Annual Dinner.  “St. John’s Holy Name Society will hold its eighth annual dinner at 7 p.m. May 20 at the Half-Way House, John J. Church, president, has announced. Honorary chairman for the dinner is The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, V. F., chaplain. General chairman is James E. Lynch, assisted by Frank G. Hickey, co-chairman, Secretary is Anthony P. Henry, treasurer, William E. Thomson, and program committee chairman, John R. Boyd.”

 

March 18, 1959: CYO Ping-Pong In Final Session.  “The CYO Ping-Pong League will stage its finals Sunday, with St. John’s of Noroton, leading with 16 points, and St. John’s of Stamford possessing 14 points. St. Cecilia is third with 7 and St. Maurice four with 3. In the recent matches, Chris Fumega, Grace Russo and Joan Bartolo of Noroton won their games over St. Cecilia. Robert Tymon was the lone St. Cecilia winner. Mike Murray, Jim Alexis and Joann Bracchi of the Stamford St. John’s won over rivals from St. Maurice, represented by Kenny Fondu, Paul Borgatti and Jane Coughlin. Ellen Fondu won the lone St. Maurice point.”

 

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Year of Saint Paul… A Plenary Indulgence is offered the faithful through June 29th: by visiting the adoration chapel at Saint John Fisher Seminary Residence on Newfield Avenue: the chapel is open Monday through Thursday, 6:00 a.m.—11:00 p.m., and from Friday at 6:00 a.m. until Sunday 11:00 p.m.  The usual conditions apply: sacramental confession and communion, praying one Our Father and Hail Mary for the intentions of Pope Benedict XVI.

 

Win a 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid!!!  Support Trinity Catholic High School.  Please support Trinity Catholic High School in their main fundraiser for 2008-2009 by buying a raffle ticket for a 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid.  Tickets are $100 each.  Only 800 tickets are being sold.  Drawing April 4, 2009.  If you would like a ticket, call Sheila at 203-849-1547 or visit our website at www.trinitycatholic.org.

Mass Intentions

 

Saturday, March 14

4:00    Brian & Kathleen Fennessey

Sunday, March 15

  7:30  +Mary Vanorse req. Sister Jo Darling

10:00  Special Intention Francis Kung req. Joseph & Agnes Kung

12:00  +Rosario D’Amico req. his brother Frank

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

Monday, March 16

  8:00  +Jennifer Tomasello req. Jeannene McMurchy

12:10  +Henry Saraniero req. Ginger Drought

Tuesday, March 17

  8:00  +Mr. & Mrs. Naissance Jean-Guillaume req. Grandchildren

12:10  +Debbie Grandpre req. Gabriel Natarelli

Wednesday, March 18

  8:00  +John E. Lancaster req. David J. Lancaster

12:10  +Mrs. Rita Tracey req. Sharon Gannon

Thursday, March 19

  8:00 Special Intention Ana Margarita Ucero Birthday

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

Friday, March 20

  8:00  In Thanksgiving req. Joseph Alexander

12:10  +Julie Spremullo Mones req. Kate & Donna

Saturday, March 21

  8:00 +Tomas D. Rosete req. Rosita A. Domdom

12:10           +Ms. Fanelia Jean-Pierre & Constantin Gaspard req. by nieces & nephews

 

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.

 

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:  stjohnsstamford.com.

 

Credit Card Offertory…Make weekly or monthly donations by credit card. You can set up recurring credit card donations with the church secretary.  She can take your information over the telephone.  Call (203) 324-1553 x21.

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

 

Sponsor Certificates for Baptism or ConfirmationAre happily given to parishioners of St. John’s, i.e. Those who are registered members; those whose regular Mass attendance is known to the priests, or whose parish membership can be verified by the records of the weekly offertory (envelopes). 

 

The Living Temple

-Fr. Terry Walsh

 

In the Book of Revelation, St. John reveals the Vision of Heaven that he was granted by God for our sake. And during the course of His beautiful description of the Heavenly Jerusalem, John speaks so eloquently about the “living water.” He said, “I saw no Temple in the city, for its Temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb…Then he showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the Throne of God and of the Lamb….also, on either side of the river, the Tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit…”(Rev. 21:22ff).

Jesus, of course, is the Lamb of God – He is the Temple. We become – as it were – “living stones” in Him, called to share in the glory of Divine Life. The “water of life” flowing through the Heavenly City is the love of God: the purpose of our existence is to share in that love! Those who respond to His call and open their hearts to God in this earthly journey receive these living waters sacramentally in “Spirit and in Truth” and, some day, perpetually in Heaven. This is all made possible through the One Perfect Sacrifice of Jesus upon the Tree of Life, that is, the Cross.  St. Paul reminds us of the cost:  “We boast in hope of the glory of God…and Hope does not disappoint – because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Prayer is the key. The Psalmist cries out: “Oh that today you would hear His voice, harden not your hearts!” But, are we listening? Or are we so caught up in worldly cares and concerns that are hearts have become attached to this world and have actually become deaf to the whispers of the Holy Spirit? The story about the woman at the well (John, chapter 4) helps illustrate the point. She was lost. She seemed so worn out, even bitter. Perhaps, over time, she had become accustomed to a gradual hardening of the heart. She had lost her true identity and took on a sort of defensive posture – imbued with “the spirit of world.” The garden of her soul had become a barren, dusty patch. And although she stood right next to ‘the well of living water,’ Jesus Christ, she did not recognize Him. How often our Lord stands beside us each day.  Have we likewise become spiritually deaf to His beckoning? Do we truly recognize Him?  Or, have our spiritual wounds turned off the faucet of grace?

When worldly concerns govern our hearts, our true identity becomes hazy – even to the point where we don’t recognize the call to divine life.  Like the Samaritan woman, our Lord thirsts for our return to Him. He waits for our humble prayer, the fruit of a ‘repentant spirit.’ “Lord, give me a drink. Lord, heal me.” Lord, give me the grace to pray better and to see the way of living you expect from me. Water the ‘garden of my soul’ with the living waters gushing from your wounded side.  Fill me with your love – that I may worship you ‘in Spirit and in Truth’ and so recognize your Presence in my soul.  It all begins at the door of confession.  What are we holding on to in our souls?  What are we carrying in the Bucket we call our heart? What faults and failings – what sins? Are we, like the Samaritan woman, willing to hand them over to God and leave that worldly bucket at His feet that He may empty it through Sacramental Confession?  Then, we’ll be free to take up the New Bucket – the one filled with living water.

 If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts!” The Scriptures caution us: “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit” – that is – don’t neglect reconciliation with God. Ask for forgiveness.  Humbly crack open the hard exterior shell and allow true contrition to flow out – and thus enable the healing balm of the Holy Spirit to water your hearts and so direct your souls into the Living Temple.

Bulletin for Sunday, March 8, 2009

Pastor’s Corner . .  There have been a few minor changes during the past few weeks in the sanctuary and side altars, as you may have notice.  Permit me to explain what and why we made those changes.

        Since my arrival at Saint John’s nearly 11 years ago, one of the little things that caught and kept my attention was the placing of the statues: Saint Therese of Liseux and Saint John the Evangelist on either side of Saint Joseph; the Sacred Heart and Saint Anthony of Padua on either side of Our Lady.  All are magnificent carved marble statues, purchased from the Daprato Statuary Company of Chicago, and delivered to the church on October 28, 1926 by the then pastor Fr. James C. O’Brien, who also installed the two side altars, completed the church bell tower, electrified the church and rectory, commissioned the murals behind the main altar, installed the two large transept windows, and built the school.  The two side marble altars cost $6540, and each of the six marble statues cost $500.—except St. Therese, which was a bargain at $400! 

     Since my arrival, I couldn’t help wondering why such beautiful statues were clumped together—each side altar reminded me of a bus stop, with people waiting for the next bus to arrive.  So, after sitting and looking at our glorious church for nearly 11 years, I decided to spread the statues out:  the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Saint John now stand in the center of the sanctuary beneath the central arch: the Sacred Heart on the left, behind the pulpit, and Saint John on the right, next to where the priests sit.  Saint Anthony of Padua, holding the Christ child on the Book of the Gospels, stands in front of the Blessed Mother Altar, closer to the altar rail; and Saint Therese of Liseux stands in front of Saint Joseph’s altar, closer to that altar rail.  I think they are much more prominent and visible now, and more accessible to anyone who would like to offer a prayer, even while seated in the pews.

    Wednesday, two pieces of furniture arrived: two choir stalls, one on either side of the sanctuary.  The choir stalls are carved chestnut: simple, classical lines, with four hand carved Ionic capitals atop each of the four pilasters. I found the stalls on EBay [where else??], and they were in Baltimore.  The day after Thanksgiving, with the assistance of Mr. Ferry Galbert, I took the train to Baltimore, rented a UHaul truck, packed up the choir stalls, and came home. A very generous mother and daughter of the parish came forward to finance the purchase and restoration work, for which I am very grateful.  We will use them for Tenebrae on Wednesday evening of Holy Week, for solemn Vespers on the May 30th anniversary of the dedication of our church, and, hopefully, in the near future, each Sunday evening with sung Vespers and Benediction.   I think the changes enhance the beauty of our church.

   Likewise, we’ve been replacing the electrical systems in the rectory and in the church. You will have noticed, I hope, the improved lighting in the sanctuary for the high marble altar.  These projects were paid for by the small income we received from the parking lot ground lease.  The next part of that project is to improve the chandeliers in the church, installing prettier globes and better, more efficient light bulbs.

    Many parishioners have asked about painting the church interior.  I would be delighted to do that, but the cost is enormous. I have two church painting companies coming in during the next few months to place bids for the job, just to get a realistic idea of the cost.   Please be calm: I’m just getting prices; in this miserable economy I won’t be asking parishioners to pay for such a huge job.  You might all do me the favor of offering a few prayers that some generous donors might step up to help, however.

    I’ll keep everyone informed about new developments concerning these big projects. Msgr. DiGiovanni

 

Please pray for the sick  Ray Flaharty, Philip Renard, John Mellace, Christine Exantus, Evelyn Flaharty, Diane Ojohanna, Phil De Felice, Sr., Janet Rodgers, Aidan Moon, Mary Daniele

 

Please pray for those who have recently died. . .  Eugene Rizzi, Denis O’Neil, Cecila Tucker, Edith O’Hara, Vincenzo Giannitti Alverta Sahd, Frances Lorusso, Thomas Carucci, Sr. Julia McCarthy, Ella Palumba, Vito Melfi,  Arthur Capalbo, Avery Cardinal Dulles

 

CONFESSION. . . During Lent, every Catholic Church throughout Fairfield County will remain open each Tuesday evening, from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. for confessions, including. St. John’s.  Please drop by and avail yourself of this sacrament.

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS . . . each Friday during Lent:

4:00 p.m.  English Stations;  6:00 p.m.  Creole Stations

 

The 20’s and 30’s … The next meeting will be this Monday MARCH 9th at 6:30 and we will be meeting in the RECTORY here at St. John’s. The Sisters of Life will be giving a talk – bring a friend.

 

Moms & Tots … A group of moms and 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 April 7th.

 

St. Anne Society will meet on SUNDAY “March 22nd for Pizza and Pasta Night” in the Monsignor Nagle Hall. Dr. Joan Kelly will speak about Baptism and “The Family.”

 

St. John’s Bible Study We are using The Bible Timeline Series every Thursday in the rectory at 7:30 p.m.  Join us!

 

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … We will next meet on Wednesday, March 11th in the rectory at 7:30 p.m. and will study Celtic Saints.

 

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 Biblical Greek . . . meets each Thursday evening at 7:30 pm in the rectory.  Review earlier chapters, and study Lesson IX.

 

Parish Women’s Society Meets every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the Rectory for prayer, refreshments and conversation.  All are welcome; please, join us: just walk in the front door.

 

Maria Goretti and Dominic Savio Societies…Bus Trip to the Natural Museum of History in New York City will depart from the rectory at 9:00 a.m. on March 14th.  Please turn in your permission slips as soon as possible.

 

A RING HAS BEEN FOUND IN THE CONFESSIONAL.  Please call Providencia at the Rectory: 324-1553, ext. 21.

 

Religion Classes for Adults Final Session for the year begins March 11th.  It is open to all Catholics who have not yet received Holy Communion or Confirmation, and for non-Catholics who wish to join the Church.  We meet in the rectory at 7:30 p.m.  The class is on a 7-week cycle:  Wednesdays:  March 11th, March 18th, March 25th, April 1st, April 15th, and April 22nd.  Please contact Providencia at (203­) 324 -1553 ext. 21.

 

Sign of Peace . . . will NOT be given during Masses for the next few months because of the high risk of contracting the flu.

 

Natural Family Planning Session (NFP) will be held on March 23, 2009 at 7:45 p.m. in the home of Lisa & Alex Frawley. To reserve a place please call Lisa Frawley at 203 254 6615.

 

 

Sunday, March 1, 2009   $ 12,811.43  

 

Sunday, March 2, 2008   $ 11,013.57

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

 

Sunday Readings for March 15tht:   Ex. 20: 1-17 or 20: 1-3, 7-8, 12-17; 1 Cor. 1:22-25/Jn. 2:13-25 (29), or, for Year A, Ex. 17:3-7/Rom. 5: 1-2, 5-8; Jn. 4:5-42 or 4: 5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42 (28)

 

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 249 (2) 62.  The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.

 

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass . . . Mass Ordinary: Missa de feria – Orlando di Lasso, 1532-1594. Offertory motet: Nolo mortem peccatoris – Thomas Morley, c. 1557 – 1602 (Nolo mortem peccatoris; Haec sunt verba Salvatoris. Father, I am thine only Son, sent down from heav’n mankind to save. Father, all things fullfilled and done according to thy will I have. Father, my will now all is this: Nolo mortem peccatoris. Father, behold my painful smart, taken for man on ev’ry side; ev’n from my birth to death most tart, no kind of pain I have denied, but suffered all, and all for this: Nolo mortem peccatoris.). Communion motet: Adoramus te, Christe – Orlandus Lassus, 1532-1594 (We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee, because by Thy Holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the World. Lord, have mercy upon us. [Antiphon at feasts of the Holy Cross]). The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Tibi dixit cor meum (My heart declared to you: “Your countenance have I sought; I shall ever seek your countenance, O Lord; do not turn your face from me.” The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? [Ps. 27:8,9,1]); Tract Commovisti (You have caused the earth to quake, O Lord, you have rent it open. Repair its breaches, for it totters. May your chosen ones escape the menacing bow and be delivered. [Psalm 60:4,6]); Offertory Meditabor (I will meditate on your commandments which I love exceedingly; I will lift up my hands towards your commandments which I love. [Psalm 119:47,48]); Communion Visionem quam vidistis (Tell no one about the vision you have seen until the Son of Man has risen from the dead. [Matthew 17:9]). Postlude: Psalm 50 – Tonus peregrinus.

 

Calling all 10:00 a.m. Singers for the Adult Choir . . . Do you usually attend the 10:00 a.m. Mass? Come join us in the choir loft – we really need you!  Rehearsals are Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the music room in the basement of the church.  For those who want to learn or refresh their knowledge of the basics of music, there is a short optional Music Theory Class at 7:15 p.m. For more information, call Scott Turkington 324-1553, ext. 18.

 

Co-Worker of Life Training with the Sisters of Life…Saturday March 14th at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in Manhattan from 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.   The Sisters of Life are seeking a group of faithful laity to be Co-Workers of Life in the Brooklyn area.  The Sisters of Life is a contemplative/active religious community of women founded in 1991 by John Cardinal O’Connor for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life.  Co-Workers of Life share their talents, time and their very self in service to pregnant women in need.  These needs can be as simple as lending a listening ear over a cup of tea, giving a ride to an appointment, or as involved as hosting a woman in your home.  All gifts help to build a culture of life, one heart at a time.  For more information about coworkers or how you can use your gifts in service of life, call (212) 737-0221 www.sistersoflife.org/pdfs/CoworkersBrochure.pdf

 

St. John’s in The  ADVOCATE . . .

        . . . 50 years ago, or so:

March 10, 1948:  Ship Fire Hero To Address AOH. “The Rev. Peter B. Duffee, O.F.M., of New York, who was severely injured in the S. S. Normandie fire six years ago, will be the speaker at the annual Communion breakfast of Gen. Philip Sheridan Branch, AOH, on Sunday at Hugo’s restaurant. Members will receive Holy Communion at the 8 a.m. Mass at St. John’s Catholic Church, meeting in the lower church. Father Duffee saved lives and valuable documents in the fire. He was permanently disabled. He was cited for heroism by the American Legion and received the Silver Medal of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Commander’s Medal of the Catholic War Veterans. Widely known for his lectures and writings on world Communism and international affairs, he is stationed at St. Francis Assisi Church, West 31st. St., New York.”

 

March 9, 1949: St. John’s Students Merit Award Winners. “Ann Forbes and Patricia Quinn, students in St. John’s Junior High School, were named Merit Award winners in the Hartford Courant Parade of Youth Scholastic Art Contest. Their work is among 500 examples of pictorial, graphic and commercial art, selected by a panel of judges as the best of 2,000 entries submitted by Junior and Senior high schools and technical schools of the same level throughout Connecticut. All 500 entries, now on exhibition in Hartford, will be sent on to Pittsburgh, where a national contest, sponsored by the Scholastic Magazines will be held at Carnegie Institute from May 7 through May 31.”

 

March 8, 1957: Services Listed For Girl Scouts.  “Girl Scout Week in the Stamford area will get underway Sunday morning with special services in area churches. Stamford. St. John’s Episcopal, Mrs. Karl Illigen, 9:30; First Presbyterian, Mrs. Olive Novak, 11; St. John’s Catholic, Mrs. Herman Beaudoin, 9; First Congregational, Mrs. Alexander Bills, 11; Zion Lutheran, Mrs. Roy Pickens, First Service; St. Maurice’s, Mrs. Emmerich Piebel and Mrs. Wilber Watt, 8:30; Union Memorial, Mrs. Ernest Franck, 11; Mrs. Charles Campbell and Mrs. H. Laube, 9:30.”

 

March 12, 1958: K of C To Honor Former Chaplain.  “Members of St. Augustine Council, Knights of Columbus, will honor their former chaplain and spiritual advisor, the Rev. John P. McNerney, at a testimonial dinner on April 8 at Hugo’s. Reginald E. Connolly, Grand Knight, announces that the Rev. Joseph D. Potter, chaplain, will be honorary chairman and John R. Boyd, general chairman, with the following to serve as committee chairmen: tickets, Michael J. Nagurney; guests, Redmond Tonner; entertainment, Thomas Kelly and Dominick Conti; program, James E. Davis; arrangements, William Thomson; publicity, Thomas A. Ryan; secretary, Joseph N. Broderick.”  (Editor’s note: Father Joseph Potter was an assistant Pastor at St. John’s; William Thomson was a Lay Trustee at St. John’s.)

 

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Saint Patrick Parade. . . Will be on Saturday, March 14th at 12 noon starting in lower Summer Street. Please join in.

 

Saint Patrick’s Day Mass . . .  The Ancient Order of Hibernians will host their annual St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th,  here at St. John’s at 9:00 am. All are welcome.

 

Year of Saint Paul… A Plenary Indulgence is offered the faithful through June 29th: by visiting the adoration chapel at Saint John Fisher Seminary Residence on Newfield Avenue: the chapel is open Monday through Thursday, 6:00 a.m.—11:00 p.m., and from Friday at 6:00 a.m. until Sunday 11:00 p.m.  The usual conditions apply: sacramental confession and communion, praying one Our Father and Hail Mary for the intentions of Pope Benedict XVI.

Mass Intentions

 

Saturday, March 7

4:00      +Walter Dziuba req. Terry Mead & Roy Kertelits

Sunday, March 8

  7:30    +Peter Medwed 8th Anniversary req. De Vivo & Munro Families

10:00    Donald Samedi Birthday req. Anne Marie Samedi

12:00    +His Eminence Ignatius Cardinal Kung req. Cardinal Kung Foundation

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

Monday, March 9

  8:00    +Kenneth McKallen req. Mr. & Mrs. Donald Gorman

12:10    +Patricia Guarino req. Bryan McKeon

Tuesday, March 10

  8:00    Veronica Kucera req. Anthony & Alma Falletta

12:10    +Mrs. Assunta Gelonesi req. Shelley Ward & Family

Wednesday, March 11

  8:00    Angelina Pagnozzi req. The Marchetti Family

12:10   +Charles Pascale req. John & Laura Pascale

Thursday, March 12

  8:00   +Henry Saraniero req. Sharon Gannon

 12:10  +Edith O’Hara req. Maude & Paul Hughes

Friday, March 13

  8:00    +Celeste Malitsis req. Gerald Gerardi

12:10    +Jeannette DeCamillo req. Catherine Longo

Saturday, March

8:00   +Hope & Joseph McAleer req. Family

12:10               The Boiteau Family req. Maude & Paul Hughes

 

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.

 

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:  stjohnsstamford.com.

 

Credit Card Offertory…Make weekly or monthly donations by credit card. You can set up recurring credit card donations with the church secretary.  She can take your information over the telephone.  Call (203) 324-1553 x21.

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

 

Sponsor Certificates for Baptism or ConfirmationAre happily given to parishioners of St. John’s, i.e. Those who are registered members; those whose regular Mass attendance is known to the priests, or whose parish membership can be verified by the records of the weekly offertory (envelopes). 

 

Looking Toward Holy Saturday

– Fr. Terry Walsh

 

The following text is taken from an ancient homily on Holy Saturday, the author is unknown. It is a magnificent meditation on the “40 Hours” our Lord lay in the Tomb and a wonderful source of contemplation as we approach the Passion and Death of our Lord, and await His Resurrection……

 

“Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.

He has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve, he who is both God and the son of Eve. The Lord approached them bearing the Cross, the weapon that had won him the victory.  At the sight of him Adam, the first man he had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone: ‘My Lord be with you all.’ Christ answered him: ‘And with your spirit.’ He took him by the hand and raised him up saying: ‘Awake, O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.’

I am your God, who for your sake have become your son.  Out of love for you and for your descendants I now by my own authority command all who are held in bondage to come forth, all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who are sleeping to arise. I order you, o sleeper, to awake.  I did not create you to be held a prisoner in hell.  Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead.  Rise up, work of my hands, you who were created in my image.  Rise, let us leave this place, for you are in me and I am in you; together we form only one person and we cannot be separated.

For your sake I, your God, became your son; I, the Lord, took the form of a slave; I, whose home is above the heavens, descended to the earth and beneath the earth.  For your sake, for the sake of man, I became like a man without help, free among the dead. For the sake of you, who left a garden, I was betrayed to the Jews in a garden, and I was crucified in a garden.

See on my face the spittle I received in order to restore to you the life I once breathed into you.  See there the marks of the blows I received in order to refashion your warped nature in my image. On my back see the marks of the scourging I endured to remove the burden of sin that weighs upon your back. See my hands, nailed firmly to a tree, for you who once wickedly stretched out your hand to a tree.

I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side for you who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side.  My side has healed the pain in yours.  My sleep will rouse you from your sleep in hell.  The sword that pierced me has sheathed the sword that was turned against you.

Rise, let us leave this place.  The enemy led you out of the earthly paradise. I will not restore you to that paradise, but I will enthrone you in heaven. I forbade you the tree that was only a symbol of life, but see, I who am life itself am now one with you.  I appointed cherubim to guard you as slaves are guarded, but now I make them worship you as God.  The throne formed by cherubim awaits you, its bearers swift and eager. The bridal chamber is adorned, the banquet is ready, the eternal dwelling places are prepared, the treasure houses of all good things lie open. The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity.”