Bulletin for Sunday, July 12, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Please pray for those who have recently died…  Leynor P. Iballa, Claire Gormley Collier, Michael William Greaney, Solange Exumer, Rose Leonowitz, Monika LoBaidi, Sheila Kilcoyne, Mary Daly, Brazilia Walker, Joseph Barrone, Evelyn Bauman, Phil DeFelice Sr., Alice Banning

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Moms & Tots … A group of moms and their children meet with Fr. Walsh each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. in church for Eucharistic adoration, followed by snacks in the rectory.   Please join us.   Our next meeting will be on Tuesday August 4th.  

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sunday July 5, 2009   $ 10,800.81

                                                                   Sunday July 6, 2008   $ 11,726.46

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

                                                   —Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Mass Intentions

 

Saturday, July 11

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

Sunday, July 12

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

10:00 +Marcello Santagata req. Giannitti family

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

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

Monday, July 13

  8:00 +Betsy Woolf req. Fabiola C.

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

Tuesday, July 14

  8:00 Special Intention

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

Wednesday, July 15

  8:00 +Margaret Curtis req. Mary Maloney

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

Thursday, July 16

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

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

Friday, July 17

  8:00 Birgitta O’Brian-Costantino

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

Saturday, July 18

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

12:10 +James Toughy req. Toughy family

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

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

 

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

 

St. Dominic Savio Society…For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th grades.  Questions, please contact Frank Marchetti at (203) 434-4734 or Ferry Galbert at (203) 324-1553 X22.

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

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

 

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

 

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

                             

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

Mass Schedule

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

Sunday:            7:30 a.m.

                          10:00 a.m.  (Family Mass)

                          12:00 Noon  (Sung Mass)

                          6:00 p.m.  Haitian Mass

                          (French and Creole)

 

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

 

Holy Days of Obligation:

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

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

 

Confessions: (English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano)

Monday – Friday, Sunday 30 minutes prior to each Mass

Saturday:  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Anytime by appointment

 

Baptism

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

 

First Communion and Confirmation

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

 

Marriage

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

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

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

Devotions

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

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

 St John’s Bookstore Hours

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

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

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

One Perfect Sacrifice

                                                                                      Part 3—Revisited                                                                -Fr. Terry Walsh

 

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

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

Bulletin for Sunday, July 5, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please pray for those who have recently died…  Leynor P. Iballa, Claire Gormley Collier, Michael William Greaney, Solange Exumer, Rose Leonowitz, Monika LoBaidi, Sheila Kilcoyne, Mary Daly, Brazilia Walker, Joseph Barrone, Evelyn Bauman, Phil DeFelice Sr., Alice Banning

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

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

 

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

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

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

Moms & Tots … A group of moms and their children meet with Fr. Walsh each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. in church for Eucharistic adoration, followed by snacks in the rectory.   Please join us.   Our next meeting will be on Tuesday July 7th.  

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

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

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

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

Sunday June 28, 2009   $  12,512.00

                                                                     Sunday June 29, 2008   $ 11,836.46

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

                                                                  —Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions

 Saturday, July 4

 4:00 + Robert Hill & Travis req. family

Sunday, July 5

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

10:00 Gavin Samedi Birthday req. Anne Marie Samedi

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

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

Monday, July 6

  8:00 Special Intention

12:10 Special Intention

Tuesday, July 7

  8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

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

Wednesday, July 8

  8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

12:10 +Varkey Apraim req. Baby Apraim

Thursday, July 9

  8:00 Special Intention

12:10 +Jayson Jarrett req. Norma Jarrett

Friday, July 10

  8:00 Special Intention

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

Saturday, July 11

  8:00 +Hope & Joseph McAleer req. family

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

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

Holy Name Society … For all men of the parish: The rectory every Friday morning

for coffee, Eucharistic adoration benediction & prayer, from 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

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

1039 East Main St, Stamford.

 St. Dominic Savio Society…For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th

grades.  Questions, please contact Frank Marchetti at (203) 434-4734 or Ferry Galbert at

(203) 324-1553 X22.

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

grades. Questions, please contact Rosa Marchetti at (203) 348-0232.

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

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

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

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

Mass Schedule

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

Sunday:             7:30 a.m.

                           10:00 a.m.  (Family Mass)

                           12:00 Noon  (Sung Mass)

                           6:00 p.m.  Haitian Mass

                           (French and Creole)

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

 Holy Days of Obligation:

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

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

Confessions: (English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano)

Monday – Friday, Sunday 30 minutes prior to each Mass

Saturday:  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Anytime by appointment

 Baptism

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

First Communion and Confirmation

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

 Marriage

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

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

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

Devotions

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

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

St John’s Bookstore Hours

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

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

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

One Perfect Sacrifice

                                                                                  Part 2—Revisited                                                               -Fr. Terry Walsh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Part 3 Next Week

Bulletin for Sunday, June 28, 2009

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click on the following link.   Bulletin for Sunday June 28, 2009

 Pastor’s Corner . . .A very old tradition, which goes back to apostolic times, recounts that on the road to Ostia, outside Rome, Saints Peter & Paul had their last encounter before martyrdom: Paul to be beheaded near the present Basilica of Saint Paul, and Peter crucified head downward nearby the present Basilica of Saint Peter. They were said to have embraced each other, and to have blessed each other reciprocally. From the very beginning then, Christian tradition has considered Peter and Paul inseparable, even if they each had a different mission to fulfill.  Peter first confessed his faith in Christ; Paul received the gift of being able to plumb the profundity of its richness. Peter founded the first Christian community coming from the chosen people; Paul became the apostle of the gentiles. With different charisms, they worked for a single cause: building the Church of Christ.  In the Readings, the liturgy offers for our meditation a well-known text of St. Augustine: “Only one day is consecrated to the feast of the two apostles. But they were also a single unit. Even if they were martyred on different days, they were one. Peter went ahead, Paul followed…Thus we celebrate this feast day, consecrated for us by the blood of these apostles” (Disc. 295, 7-8).

June 29th is the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, celebrated at least since the year 258 A.D. during the Roman persecution of the Church by the Emperor Valerian. For the Church founded by Our Lord on the Apostles, with Saint Peter as her visible head, this solemnity is one of the  most important, since it focuses on God’s generous desire to remain with us until the end of time through His Catholic Church; and upon man’s response, sometimes faltering, yet ultimately manifesting God’s power through human weakness.

And St. Leo the Great commented about Peter and Paul: “Of their merits and their virtues – which were superior from all accounts – we cannot think of anything contradictory or divisive, because election had made them equal, their efforts similar and their end alike” He continued, addressing the City of Rome: “These are your holy fathers, your true shepherds, who, as much as they were humanly very different from each other, and even if their relationship was not without tensions, Peter and Paul therefore appear as the initiators of a new city, as a concretization of a new and authentic way of being brothers, made possible by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” (In natali apostolorum., 69, 6-7)

And so we can say that today the Church of Rome celebrates its birthday, inasmuch as the two Apostles had laid down its foundations. Moreover, Rome now realizes with greater awareness that is its mission and its grandeur. In Rome, the link that gave Peter and Paul a common mission has assumed from the first centuries a very specific significance. Like the mythical brothers Romulus and Remus, attributed with the founding of Rome, Peter and Paul likewise are considered as founders of the Church of Rome. The capital of the Roman Empire, which was described in the Book of Revelation as the Whore of Babylon, the destroyer of saints and martyrs, is now replaced by two political and social nobodies, victims of the Imperial persecutions, who shed their blood for the true God they loved, and not for an earthly kingdom. “O, Felix Roma. . . Oh, Happy Rome, whose stones are consecrated by the blood of the Princes of the Apostles”, as an ancient hymn for this feast day proclaims.  St. John Chrysostom writes that “the sky is not as bright when the sun sheds its rays as the city of Rome which radiates the splendor of those burning torches (Peter and Paul) through all the world…This the reason why we love this city…for these two pillars of the Church” (Comm. a Rom 32).

Both were martyred in 67 A.D., and Jerusalem fell in 70 A.D., with the destruction of the Temple. The New Covenant forged on the Cross between God and humanity, fulfilling all other covenants since Abraham, moves out of the world of the Old Covenant and becomes centered in the heart of the Gentile world, with a universal mission to offer salvation to the entire world. 

Let us say a special prayer for our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, the Successor of Saint Peter, this weekend, and on Monday, the Solemnity itself, that the Lord will continue to bless and protect him as he continues the work of Saint Peter in the world.  Pray, likewise, for the whole church, that she, like Saint Paul, may continue to preach fearlessly the truth of Christ. Mons. Stephen DiGiovanni

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

Please pray for those who have recently died  Michael William Greaney, Solange Exumer, Rose Leonowitz, Monika LoBaidi, Sheila Kilcoyne, Mary Daly, Brazilia Walker, Joseph Barrone, Evelyn Bauman, Phil DeFelice Sr., Alice Banning, Paul Eldridge, Antoinetta Fiore, Marie Corcoran, Eugene Rizzi

Peter’s Pence Collection . . . Please drop your Peter’s Pence Collection envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.   There will only be one collection today.

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

The Latin Reading Group… Is translating St. Augustine’s Confessions…And meets every Wednesday in the rectory at 6:15 p.m.   We will NOT meet on July 1st. High School Latin is all that’s needed.  Just walk in. 

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Meets on Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory.  All are welcome; just come in the front door. The next meeting will be July 15th.

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

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

Moms & Tots … A group of moms and their children meet with Fr. Walsh each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. in church for Eucharistic adoration, followed by snacks in the rectory.   Please join us.   Our next meeting will be on Tuesday July 7th.  

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

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

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

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

Mons. DiGiovanni

 Trinity Catholic Graduates. . . Congratulations to our parishioners who recently graduated from Trinity Catholic High School:  Anne Marie Carpanzano, Raphael Bonhomme, Elpidia Casseus. Great job!! 

 Sunday June 21, 2009   $  9,996.00

 Sunday June 22, 2008   $ 11259.98

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

                                                                —Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

July 5 Sunday Readings:   Ez. 2:2-5, 2 Cor. 12:7-10, Mk. 6:1-6a (101)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions

Saturday, June 27

  4:00   +Mary Lou DeLuca req. Pat Rybnick & Patty Krupnik

Sunday, June 28

  7:30   Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

10:00 +Frances Delaney Birthday Remembrance req. Family

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

6:00 +Joanne Carrier – Author – daughter req. Gerard J. Carrier

Monday, June 29

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

12:10 +Camille Mascia req. her brother Frank D’Amico

Tuesday, June 30

  8:00 +Kent Costikyan req. Luz Contreras

12:10 +Patrick Kissane req. Paul Murphy

Wednesday, July 1

  8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

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

Thursday, July 2

  8:00 In Honor to the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ req. Marion Morris

 12:10 +Sadie Gerardi req. Longo family

Friday, July 3

  8:00 Thanksgiving to God for the Protection of Frito Ambroise req. Odile Ambroise

12:10 +Ida Birnbaum req. John Catalano & Madeline DeGrace

Saturday, July 4

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

12:10  Veterans of the Parish

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

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

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

The Dominic Savio and Maria Goretti Picnic will be held this Sunday, June 28th after the 12:00 Noon Mass. W e will have the BBQ in the Rectory Backyard. 

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

June 29, 1953: Johnnies Win State CYO Title; Rip Meriden, 20-6. “The St. John’s CYO baseball nine qualified for the New England CYO championships by capturing the Connecticut title in a game played at the Stamford High School Field Sunday. The Johnnies romped over St. Rose’s of Meriden, 20-6. Tori Fauci led the St. John’s attack with four singles and a home run for a perfect day. Greg Clark and Bill Darling each had four hits in five trips. Home runs were hit by Clark and Larry Fayette. The Johnnies exploded for five runs in the fourth to break open a close battle. A triple by Like Molloy, single by Fauci, along with a walk and error together with Clark’s four-play wallop accounted for the runs. While St. John’s pounded 19 hits, Clark, who relieved Darling in the second, held Meriden to two singles. The losers garnered but three hits in the game. Stamford will play the winner of the Rhode Island-New Hampshire playoff at a date to be announced later this week.”

 

July 2, 1962: St. John’s CYO Cops State Title In Hartford Test.  “St. John’s CYO defeated St. Margaret’s CYO of Waterbury Sunday at Colt Park in Hartford, 5-4, to win the State Catholic Youth Organization baseball championship. St. John’s will take on the Holy Name CYO of Providence next Sunday at Colt Park for the New England title. Tony Exposito gave up five hits to win his eighth game of the season. He struck out four. Rich O’Connor came through with a key double in the sixth inning to score three runs and give St. John’s its winning margin. Esposito and Chet Wisniewski  also came through with hits in the rally.”

 

St. John’s

                                      Ab R H Po A Gerardi, 2b …………………………….1   1  0  0    4 O’Connor, 1b………………………….4   0  1   7   0 Esposito, p…………………………….3   0   1   0   6 Longo, ss………………………………4   0   1   1   1  Wisniewski,  c…………………………3   0   1   4   2 Murray,  lf…………………………….3   0   0   1   0 Pastore,  cf…………………………….2   1   0   0   0 Smith,  3b………………………………0   2   0   2   0 Esposito,  rf……………………………2   1   1   0   0 Totals…………………………………22  5  5  15 13

 

One Perfect Sacrifice

                                                                                Part 1—Revisited                                                             Fr. Terry Walsh 

St Paul teaches us in his letter to the Romans: “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a Spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a Spirit of Adoption, through which we cry, ABBA, Father! The Spirit Himself bears witness with our Spirit that we are Children of God, and if Children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him”(Rm 8). This great gift is made possible by the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. Through His Life, Death, and Resurrection, we are able to enter into His Divine Life and so be redeemed. We enter into His One Perfect Sacrifice and receive the fruits of His Offering at every Holy Mass. How important it is for us to reflect on the cost. How necessary it is to be ever mindful of the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the Gift made possible through the Perfect Sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We see a prefigurement of the Perfect Sacrifice in the Old Testament Book of Kings and the story of Elijah. You may want to have a look at it at home. You’ll find in in the 1st Book of KINGS, Chapters 18, 19. It’s the story of the great Prophet Elijah battling the false prophets in Israel, whose teachings had corrupted God’s people and contributed to their infidelity to the Holy Covenant that God established with His people. Their vision became clouded and they were led astray. As you read the story in your Bible, be mindful of the Altar of the Lord that Elijah seeks to repair, as well as his preparation of the Sacrifice, made in Faith.

We should also bear in mind that we’re called to an Active Participation in our Life in Christ. But, just what does that mean? Well, it’s turning our spiritual gaze toward Heaven and asking our Father to teach us about Himself. It’s seeking a faithful relationship with Him by coming to know Him through our faithful prayer life, our fidelity to the Sacraments, and seeking to align our hearts and minds with Him. In short, it’s a deliberate act of our will to cry out to our Heavenly Father as faithful children with complete confidence in His Love. Active Participation is not ‘Busyiness’ – but rather, it’s a conscious decision to place ourselves in the Presence of God throughout each day and to order our lives according to His precepts, His Commandments, His teachings. When we seek Him with sincere hearts He will fill our Hearts with the ‘Fire of His Love’ and wash us clean with His infinite Mercy. He will sanctify us with His 7 Fold gift of Grace and speak directly to our Hearts through His Word – and the Word will set us free – free from sin and darkness – free to love, in the Light.

This is accomplished through the fruits of sacrifice. Keep in mind the Sacrifice of the Mass. Now, looking back for a moment to the Old Testament story of Elijah and the false prophets, we se a demonstration of the Power and Majesty of God and that all are called to worship Him alone.  We are called to offer Him an acceptable sacrifice upon the Altar of our Hearts. We prepare our sacrifice through the great Sacrament of Confession. We purify our sacrifice through the Waters of our tears – notice the use of water in Elijah’s preparation of the sacrifice. Our water, our tears, comes from our genuine sorrow for having offended God through sin. Likewise, we offer God our sufferings and willingly embrace our trials – our Cross, with love – all for the one Who took upon Himself our lowly human nature, died in the flesh, rose in the flesh, and nourishes us each day with His Flesh – because of His love for us. Indeed, when we have been sanctified through the Grace of Confession and offer our sufferings to God the Father in the Holy Mass – through His Only Begotten Son – we actually participate in the Redemption of the world – we help to save souls.

Elijah asks the people gathered around to witness the sacrifice: “How long will you straddle the issue? (In the RSV, “How long will you go limping with 2 different opinions?) They have been wavering of late. They have not been actively participating in the Mosaic Law handed down to them—they have been a bit misguided and it seems are partly to blame—they have not done their homework. They should have known the law; they should have sought Him more faithfully. There seems to be a bit of spiritual laziness and Elijah is challenging them to return to the One True God with all their hearts. We likewise are challenged in the New Covenant, aren’t we? After all, we can fall into the same trap. That is, if we do not seek to grow in our understanding of the Mass, how will we know  – really know and understand what is taking place? How will be actively participate in the Mass, spiritually, if we don’t pray throughout the week and offer sacrifices of kindness, generosity, and love each day—in Marriage, at work, at school, in the community, and so on. What do we actually bring to give to the Father through our Lord, Jesus Christ, each Sunday? What is the Mass? ( The Catechism of the Catholic Church offers us wonderful insights for our worthy meditation and contemplation—and it is available in any bookstore) Elijah challenges the Israelites: “If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, follow Him.” Elijah is questioning the integrity of the people – they’re playing both sides of the fence and Elijah has exposed their duplicity. Yet, he offers them a chance to be reconciled with God by following Him, unreservedly – by placing both feet firmly in the Lord’s camp. We likewise are called to seek Him with an undivided heart. Jesus cautions us—we live in the world but we are not of the world. If we come to appreciate the Mystery; that is, if we come to understand that true and everlasting life comes to us through the Mass, we will quite naturally turn away from the “tangible” attractions of the world and seek instead the unseen, yet real, fruits of Christ. We are in Him.

PART II NEXT WEEK…….

 

Bulletin for Sunday, June 21, 2009

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday June 21, 2009 

Pastor’s Corner . . .   Everyone knows that June is the most beautiful of months—it’s a fact! Everyone, likewise, would agree that June is the first month when summer finally seems to be a real possibility. For the Church, too, June has the unofficial duty of ushering in a new liturgical season: Ordinary Time: Please, contain your excitement!  Until Advent [Sunday, November 30th], we’ll have 25 weekends of Sundays in Ordinary Time, when neither the divine initiatives of the Incarnation, nor of the Passion, nor of the Resurrection of the Lord is particularly commemorated.  And yet, at every Mass, every aspect of God’s works for mankind is celebrated and made present.

The reality of Ordinary Time is that it refers to God’s work for our salvation: His centuries’ long preparation of humankind for the coming of His Son in the flesh, Our Lord’s ministry, His establishment of the Church, His sacrifice on the Cross and His triumph over sin and death in the Resurrection, and how these saving events by Christ affect the lives of individual souls who come after Him–now.

 

So, with June as the first full month of Ordinary Time, continuing through the summer and fall, the Church places before the eyes of the faithful the examples of holiness of real people: the saints. Men, women, children like ourselves, who loved Our Lord so much that they passed lives of heroic virtue and goodness. They wouldn’t have thought their lives so extraordinary, because they lived them in love for Our Lord. And they tried to show that love for God in their charity towards God’s image—every man, woman and child they came into contact with.

 Here are a few examples: during June there are 10 feasts of martyrs: St. Justin [2nd century, Rome], Sts. Marcellinus & Peter [4th century, Rome], Sts Charles Lwanga and 21 companions [19th century, Uganda], St. Boniface [8th century, Germany], St. Barnabas [1st century, Holy Land], Sts. John Fisher & Thomas More [15th century, England], St. John the Baptist [1st century, Holy Land], St. Irenaeus of Lyons, [3rd century, France], Sts. Peter & Paul [1st century, Rome], The First Martyrs of Rome [1st century, Rome].

 There are other saints commemorated throughout Ordinary Time, and not just martyrs. Here are a few examples of summer saints: St. Anthony of Padua, St. Aloysius Gonzago, St. Elizabeth of Portugal, St. Maria Goretti, St. Benedict, Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha, St. Mary Magdalene, Sts. Joachim & Ann, St. John Vianney, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, St. Clare, St. Monica, and, of course, Our Lady, who is commemorated every Saturday, and on the Feasts of Our Lady of Mount Carmel [July 16] and of Her bodily Assumption into heaven [August 15].

 These are only a few of the saints given us as examples of Christian life during these upcoming months. If you’re looking for an easy and fascinating summer reading assignment, read the lives of the saints–either on line, or in the New Catholic Encyclopedia [which is on line, and at the Ferguson library], or Butler’s Lives of the Saints.

 Ordinary Time can be seen as boring, unless you look at the saints who lived real Christian lives. They’re good examples of how to be active Christians and how to find happiness here on earth and happiness in heaven.Mons. Stephen DiGiovanni

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

Please pray for those who have recently died  Michael William Greaney, Solange Exumer, Rose Leonowitz, Monika LoBaidi, 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 … Meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory to study the acts of the ancient Church martyrs.

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

 

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Meets on Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory.  All are welcome; just come in the front door.

 

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Will  next meet  on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory.  Class is closed to new student

 

Parish Women’s Society Meets every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the Rectory for prayer, refreshments and conversation.  All are welcome; please, join us:   just walk in the first front door. 

 

Moms & Tots … A group of moms and their children meet with Fr. Walsh each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. in church for Eucharistic adoration, followed by snacks in the rectory.  Please join us.   Our next meeting will be on Tuesday July 7th.  

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Trinity Catholic Graduates. . . Congratulations to our parishioners who recently graduated from Trinity Catholic High School: Anne Marie Carpanzano, Raphael Bonhomme, Elpidia Casseus. Great job!! 

 

 Sunday June 14, 2009   $ 11,508.51

 Sunday June 15, 2008   $ 10,777.31

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

                                                                —Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

 

 June 28th Sunday Readings:   Wis. 1:13-15, 2:23-24; 2 Cor. 8, 7, 9, 13-15; Mk. 5:21-43 or 5:21-34, 35b-43 (98)

 Banns of Marriage: 

3rd:     Gabriel Joseph Natarelli & Silvia Rebollar

3rd:  Matthew Leonard Patrick Gallo & Jaclyn Brook Salvatore

 3rd: Ryan Thomas Heide & Leah Ellen DiSpagna

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

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

Job Seeker …Will meet on  Monday June 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Rectory.   Basic tips on using social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn as a part of your job search, and depending on the industry you work in, discussing them may even be a part of your next job interview.  Join us for an interesting discussion geared to getting you started on this media.  Discussion led by Melanie Szlucha whose company Red Inc. helps jobseekers prepare for job interviews and write compelling, clear resumes. 

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

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

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

Mass Intentions

 

Saturday, June 20

  4:00   +Charles & Josephine Davis req. Joseph Melfi

Sunday, June 21

  7:30   +Ambrose James Dee req. Mr. & Mrs. William Dee

10:00   +Charles DeSilva req. daughter & family

12:00 +Josephine D’Amico req. her son Frank

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

Monday, June 22

  8:00 +John M. Shea req. Richard A. Foreman

12:10 Fr. Terry Walsh,  5th Anniversary of ordination, req. Sharon Gannon

Tuesday, June 23

  8:00 Special Intention Stanley Needle req. Francis Baranowski

12:10 +Cono Pasqual req. Therese & Nicholas Troilo

Wednesday, June 24

  8:00 +John M. Shea req. Richard A. Foreman

12:10 Alvina Ramos req. Julia Oliveira

Thursday, June 25

   8:00 Special Intention

 12:10 Special Intention Msgr. DiGiovanni, 32nd anniversary of ordination,

 req. Millie Terenzio

Friday, June 26

  8:00 +Mary Morgan req. John Morgan

 12:10 For the Intentions of Pope Benedict XVI req. Bosilevas family

Saturday, June 27

  8:00 +Stanley Alsenas req. family

12:10 +Rose Sobieski 1st Anniversary req. Claire Betz, daughter

 

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

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

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

 

The Dominic Savio and Maria Goretti Picnic will be held on Sunday, June 28th after the 12:00 Noon Mass. W e will have the BBQ in the Rectory Backyard.  See you next Sunday.

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

June 26, 1909: THE PAROCHIAL SCHOOL. “The closing exercises of St. John’s parochial school were held in the Lyceum theatre, yesterday afternoon, and, notwithstanding the severe heat, there was a large audience present. The program opened with an overture by Smith’s orchestra, and then Mascagin’s “Prayer” was sung by grades 8 and 9. This was followed by an address by Miss Helen Hester Lockwood, after which Miss Ella Mary Jones played a piano solo. The next number was a pantomime representing “The Holy City,” the soloist being Margaret Kenedy. George P. O’Brien then declaimed Lincoln’s second inaugural address, and he did it in a very forceful manner. The chorus sang “With Hearts of Hope,” there was a musical recitation by the girls of Grade 9, and this was followed by a sketch “The Thief of Time,” in which these boys took part: Stanley Notskey, James Convery, Thomas O’Connor, John Convery and William Ryan. Another Pantomime, “Rock of Ages,” with Miss Kenedy as the soloist, was given and then Francis Healy delivered a farewell address. There was a piano solo by Miss Marie Rosso and the diplomas were awarded by Rev. Eugene. L. Sullivan, the names called by Michael A. Boyle. Those who received diplomas were: Rita Bourke, Mary Eagle, Josephine Iffland, Ellen E. Merriman, James Brennan, Joseph McCue, Susan Brady, Mary Flynn, Ella May Jones, Agnes O’Brien, John Engel, Stanley Notskey, Michael Tierney, Sarah A. M. Brennan, Rose M. Iffland, Helen H. Lockwood, Anna M. O’Neill, Francis Healy, George P. O.Brien. When the diplomas were awarded, Father Sullivan delivered an address to the graduates and then the exercises were brought to a close with a farewell song, the solo parts being taken by Ellen Edna Merriman and Anna Mercedes O’Neill. The class motto is: “Not how much, but how well” and the colors Nile green and white. Anthony Geronimo provided the hall without charge. A similar courtesy was received from Smith’s orchestra. The singing was under the direction of Miss Kenedy.”

 

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 (203) 324-1553 ext 21.  Baptisms are usually performed Saturdays.

 

First Communion and Confirmation

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

 

Marriage

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

 

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

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

 

Devotions

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

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

 

St John’s Bookstore Hours

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

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

 

The Priesthood of Jesus Christ

(The Year of the Priest)

-Fr. Terry Walsh

                           Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has designated the Jubilee Year of the Priesthood beginning on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, June 19, and concluding on June 19, 2010.  He has decreed an Indulgence to be granted throughout the year of the Priest. The Lay faithful may receive a plenary indulgence on the following days: June 19, 2009 and June 19, 2010, as well as on August 4, the Feast day of St. John Vianney, the Patron Saint of Parish Priests. It’s the 150th anniversary of the death of St. John Vianney, that holy priest known more familiarly as “The Cure’ de Ars.” He once said: “The priest continues the work of redemption on earth…If we really understood the priest on earth, we would die not of fright but of love…The Priesthood is the love of the Heart of Jesus.”  The Indulgence may also be obtained on the first Thursday of the month throughout the Jubilee year of the Priest.  Bishop Lori may offer additional opportunities. The Vatican Website, www.zenit.org  reported: “Pope Benedict XVI will preside at the opening liturgy June 19th, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, ‘a day of priestly sanctification.’ He will celebrate vespers before the relics of (St. John Vianney) brought to Rome for the occasion….The plenary indulgence, which under the current norms must be accompanied by sacramental confession, the Eucharist, and praying for the intentions of the Pope, can also be applied to deceased priests….To obtain the indulgence the faithful must attend Mass in an oratory or Church and offer prayers to ‘Jesus Christ, supreme and eternal Priest, for the priests of the Church, or perform any good work to sanctify and mould them to his heart.’ The elderly, the sick, and all those who for any legitimate reason are unable to eave their homes may obtain the plenary indulgence if, with the intention of observing the usual 3 conditions as soon as they can, ‘on the days concerned, they pray for the sanctification of priests and offer their sickness to God through Mary, Queen of the Apostles.’ A partial indulgence is offered to the faithful when they repeat 5 times the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be, or any other duly approved prayer ‘in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to ask that priests maintain purity and sanctity of life.’”

What is the Priesthood? Well, to begin, it is a gift, instituted by Christ for the Sanctification of His Body, the Church. In Lumen Gentium, (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Vatican II), we read: “Those who receive the sacrament of Holy Orders are consecrated in Christ’s Name ‘to feed the Church by the word and grace of God”(11). The Catechism adds: “[Ordination] confers a gift of the Holy Spirit that permits the exercise of a ‘sacred power’ (sacra potestas) which can only come from Christ himself through his Church”(ccc1538). In light of St. Paul’s letter to Timothy (1 Tim 2:5), the Catechism adds, “Everything that the priesthood of the Old Covenant prefigured finds it fulfillment in Christ Jesus, the ‘one mediator between God and men’(c1544)…Only Christ is the true priest, the others being only his ministers (Aquanis)”(c1545).

When a man is ordained, he then acts “in persona Christi Capitis”. In other words, it is Christ who baptizes, it is Christ to hears confessions and absolves the humble penitent, it is Christ who offers Himself to the Father in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and so on. Having configured the soul of each priest through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, the Priesthood, Christ Himself “takes over” in the administration of the Sacraments –He works through His priests. The Catechism clarifies an important distinction: “This presence of Christ in the minister is not to be understood as if the latter were preserved from all human weaknesses, the spirit of domination, error, even sin. The power of the Holy Spirit does not guarantee all acts of ministers in the same way. While this guarantee extends to the sacraments, so that even the minister’s sin cannot impede the fruit of grace, in many other acts the minister leaves human traces that are not always signs of fidelity to the Gospel and consequently can harm the apostolic fruitfulness of the Church”(1550). This Jubilee year of the Priesthood will bring great graces to the ministerial  priesthood and lead to a greater sanctification and renewed purpose of the duties and obligations the priest has to serve the People of God, especially at the Altar and in the Confessional.

In considering the priesthood and the constant need to grow in grace in order to fulfill these duties, perhaps St. Gregory  Nazianzen put it best: “We must begin by purifying ourselves before purifying others; we must be instructed to be able to instruct, become light to illuminate, draw close to God to bring him close to others, be sanctified to sanctify, lead by the hand and counsel prudently. I know whose ministers we are, where we find ourselves and where we are to strive. I know God’s greatness and man’s weakness, but also his potential. Who then is the priest? He is the defender of the truth, who stands with angels, gives glory with archangels, causes sacrifices to rise to the altar on high, shares Christ’s priesthood, refashions creation, restores it in God’s image, recreates it for the world on high and even greater, is divinized and divinizes.”

Why not spend time throughout this Jubilee year of the priest growing in your understanding of the Sacrament of Holy Orders? Clearly, it will bring great graces to you and enable you to understand the love and mercy of our Lord. Moreover, understanding of the priesthood will quite naturally increase understanding of the Sacraments in general and serve to deepen your faith, hope, and love. Why not meditate on the Scriptures with regard to the priesthood, or perhaps the Catechism. Additionally, I would recommend Fulton Sheen’s The Priest is Not His Own, (Ignatius Publishers), or perhaps, The Cure’ D’Ars: St. Jean-Marie Vianney, written by Abbe’ Francis Trochu (Tan Publishing).

 

Bulletin for Sunday, June 14, 2009

 

For the entire bulletin with pictures please click the following link.

Pastor’s Corner . . .   In last Sunday’s Gospel, Our Lord promised His apostles that he’d remain with the Church until the end of time (Matt 28: 17).  One might suggest that Jesus was only speaking in a symbolic or poetic manner. But Our Lord didn’t do that, unless the whole Gospel is simply symbolic. If so, then it matters little. Our Lord meant what He said. In this week’s Gospel, Jesus repeats over and over again, “This is my Body; my flesh is real food; my blood, real drink.” More symbol? Then why did He repeat that eleven times in one chapter of John’s Gospel? (John 6). He meant what He said: He remains with His Church in the Eucharist, waiting for us daily every tabernacle in every Catholic church around the world.

 

The liturgical season known as “Ordinary Time”, is the largest portion of weeks during the year, following Easter until Advent, during which time the Church reflects upon the reality of who Our Lord is, what He did and taught, and what that means today, to us. But this period is not simply one of reflection or remembrance. It is a time that underscores the reality that Jesus remains with His Church, with us, in his greatest Easter gifts: the seven sacraments. These are the fruits of His Resurrection, and the means by which He shares His divine life with us. Instituted by Christ Himself—last Sunday’s Gospel relayed Our Lord’s instruction to the Apostles, “Go, baptize the nations in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”—these outward signs are simple created things, like water used in baptism, or bread and wine at Mass, which Christ the Creator and Redeemer transforms into vehicles by which He shares Hs life with us, now, which leads to sharing His life in eternity.

 

The Easter reality is that the Eternal Son of God, who created the universe, became a creature,  suffered, died and rose from the dead, to reconcile us with the Father. That Easter reality continues, for this same Creator-Savior,  is made present at every Mass offered,  and draws us into that reality through the sacraments, by which He daily transforms us, applying the merits of His Cross to each believer.  The reason for the whole of salvation history is this: God speaking through the prophets; God becoming a man; the incarnate God’s passion and resurrection; His creation of the Church; His ascension to Heaven; His sending of the Holy Spirit, is simply that God wanted to reconcile creation with Himself, and to give us the means by which we might gain Heaven by becoming more like Him on earth. Alone we can do nothing; with the Risen Christ whom we receive in the sacraments, we can gain eternity.

 

The church’s lower stained glass windows along the aisle are all symbolic of God’s transforming and abiding presence in His Church by means of His sacraments . Two sacraments in particular: Baptism and the Eucharist, are seen and suggested by a baptismal font, near the real baptismal font; the Eucharistic vessels, a chalice for Mass and a monstrance for Benediction; a thurible to offer incense at Mass; grape vines and wheat, symbolic of the Eucharist, and the Holy Spirit, who transforms those created elements into the Body and Blood of Christ, and the water of Baptism into vehicles by which Christ’s resurrected life are shared with us.

 

God remains with His Church until the end of time: He promised. He does this through His sacraments, especially through the Holy Eucharist. This weekend’s celebration of Corpus Christi is all about His abiding presence in the Eucharist: He awaits us in the tabernacle; He offers Himself daily in the sacrifice of the Mass; transforming us to be more like Himself now and in eternity.

 

Use the summer months of Ordinary Time to reflect upon the mystery of God’s work to save you. Read Scripture, especially the Gospels; read the Catechism of the Catholic Church as a companion text to Scripture; visit Our Lord who is in each tabernacle in every Catholic church around the world; respond to Christ’s charity by being more charitable to those around you. Allow the mystery of God’s love to transform you during these summer months as your summer project. Jesus isn’t an idea: He is a divine person who loves you. During these summer weeks, learn more about Him and what He’s done for you , and allow His Risen self to recreate you, through His Sacraments, so you can be more perfectly like Him in your life, leading to eternity.Mons. DiGiovanni

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

 

Please pray for those who have recently died  Monika LoBaidi, 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. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … Meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory to study the acts of the ancient Church martyrs.

 

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

 

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Meets on Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory.  All are welcome; just come in the front door.

 

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Will  next meet  on July 16th at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory.  Class is closed to new student

 

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. 

 

Moms & Tots … A group of moms and their children meet with Fr. Walsh each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. in church for Eucharistic adoration, followed by snacks in the rectory.  Please join us.   Our next meeting will be on Tuesday July 7th.  

 

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

 

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

HELP FEED THE HUNGRY IN OUR COMMUNITY – Fairfield County Eats! – a tasting event to benefit The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County will take place on Thursday, June 18th at The Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Over 48 Restaurants, Caterers, and Beverage Providers will be offering their best selections.  The Food Bank is the area’s primary hunger-relief organization and provides food to about 100 agencies and programs.  Tickets are $50.00.  For more information or to buy tickets on line at www.foodbanklfe.org (203) 921-1879.

 

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

 

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

 

Sunday June 7, 2009   $  9,883.45                                                                

 Sunday June 8, 2008   $ 11,022.03

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

                                                                —Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

 

June 21st Sunday Readings:   Jb. 38: 1, 8-11; 2 Cor. 5:14-17; Mk. 4:35-41

 

Banns of Marriage: 

 2nd:     Gabriel Joseph Natarelli & Silvia Rebollar

 2nd:  Matthew Leonard Patrick Gallo & Jaclyn Brook Salvatore

 2nd: Ryan Thomas Heide & Leah Ellen DiSpagna

 3rd: Darrell Thomas Ingram & Elissa Fabrizio

 3rd: Michel Cayo & Evelyn Alabre

 

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 112  (2) 118. 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: Lauda Sion – Francisco Correa de Arauxo, ca. 1576-1654 (O Zion, praise thy Saviour, thy Prince and thy Shepherd; praise him with hymns and canticles. A special theme of praise, the living and life-giving bread, is on this day proposed. Let our praise ring out full and resonant, a song of the heart, joyful and radiant. For today is a most solemn festival, recalling how this sacred banquet first was instituted. At this banquet of our newly crowned King, the Paschal mystery of the New Law bringeth to its end the ancient Passover rite. Taught by his divine precepts, we consecrate the bread and wine, a sacrificial victim for salvation. And when the Bread is fragmented, be thou not troubled, but remember: he is present in each fragment just as much as in the whole. O Good Shepherd and most true Bread of life, Lord Jesus, have mercy upon us; feed us and protect us, bring us to the vision of eternal riches in the land of the living.) [From the sequence for Corpus Christi]. Communion Motet: Ave verum Corpus – W. Byrd (Hail true Body, born of Mary the virgin; suffering, sacrificed truly on the cross for men; from whose pierced side water flowed and blood. Be merciful to us at the judgement of death, O sweet Jesus, O merciful Jesus, O Jesus Son of Mary. [From a 14th cent. Gradual at Limoges, trans. Rev. A. Fortescue]). At the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament: O salutaris Hostia – Pierre de La Rue, 1452-1518; Tantum ergo – Tomás Luis de Victoria, 1548-1611. The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Cibavit eos (He fed them with the finest of wheat, alleluia; and with honey from the rock he satisfied them, alleluia, alleluia. Rejoice in honour of God our helper; shout for joy to the God of Jacob. [Ps.81:17,2,3,11]); Alleluia Caro mea (My Flesh is the True Food, my Blood is the True Drink; he who eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood abides in me, and I in him. [John 6:56,57]); Sequence Ecce panis (from Lauda Sion) (Behold this Bread of Angels which hath become food for us on our pilgrimage; it is truly the Bread of God’s children, let it ne’er be thrown to dos. Scripture announced it figuratively by Isaac’s sacrifice, by the Paschal Lamb and by the manna given to our forefathers. O Good Shepherd and most true Bread of life, Lord Jesus, have mercy upon us; feed us and protect us, bring us to the vision of eternal riches in the land of the living. Thou who knowest and canst accomplish all things, who dost feed us in this mortal life, make us thy chosen guests, the co-heirs and companions of thy saints in the heavenly city.); Offertory Portas cæli (The Lord opened the doors of heaven and rained down manna upon them to eat; he gave them bread from heaven; man ate the bread of angels, alleluia. [Ps. 77:23-25]); Communion Qui manducat (He who eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood, abides in me, and I in him. [John 6:57]).

 

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

 

Mass Intentions

 

Saturday, June 13

  4:00 +Sr. M. Rosalina, CHF req. Therese Troilio, niece

Sunday, June 14

  7:30   +Mary Louise DeLuca req. The Caraher Family

10:00 Francis M. DeLuca & Family req. The Caraher Family

12:00 +Rose Magorane req. Bill, Marion Morris & Family

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

Monday, June 15

  8:00 +Daniel Murphy req. Tricia Boyle

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

Tuesday, June 16

  8:00 Special Intention Father Albert D. Audette req. Millie Terenzio

12:10 +Deceased Residents of Courtland Gardens Nursing Home

Wednesday, June 17

  8:00 +Richard De Haven req. Therese & Nicholas Troilio

12:10 +Raffaela Annetta req. Josephine Ioefino

Thursday, June 18

  8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

 12:10 +Jennifer Piacenza Tomasello req. Terry Rizzo & Mary Ann

Friday, June 19

  8:00 +Beatrice Buccino req. Ralph Haczynski

 12:10 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory

Saturday, June 20

  8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.

12:10 +Catherine Mathews req. Bill & Marion Morris & Family

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

June 11, 1881:  Stamford. “In spite of the blinding northeastern rain storm that raged last Friday evening, all the sodalities and a large number of St. John’s congregation came together in the unfinished portion of the church to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Rev. Father Rogers elevation to the priesthood. For a few days before, Father Rogers had been surmising that something of an unusual and interesting character was transpiring among the sodalities, but it was not until 7:30 o’clock on the evening in question, that he got in possession of the pleasing fact that they were about to manifest their appreciation of his eight years of zealous and self sacrificing labors among them by presenting him with an address, a beautiful chalice and a gold water vessel. At the hour named, a messenger informed him that his presence was desired in the church, and he proceeded there at once, entirely unconscious of the real purpose for which he was wanted. On entering, a scene presented itself for him that at once astonished and bewildered him. Before him, in neat attire, and wearing the regalia of their orders, five sodalities were arrayed, viz. Children of Mary, Holy Angels, St. Aloysius, and Sacred Heart. On a platform improvised  for the occasion, the glittering testimonials were arranged, on the right of which stood  an immense basket of rare flowers, and on the left an illuminated address encased in a superb frame. Father Rogers having taken his seat, to which he had been conducted by the Rev. Father Walsh, and having recovered from his surprise, the sodalities, under the leadership of Sister Gabriel, who presided at the organ, broke into a song of “Welcome to Our Pastor,” filling the church with harmony.” 

June 9, 1894:  Stamford. “On Tuesday evening the Catholics of Stamford gathered at the parochial residence on Atlantic Street to manifest, by their presence and enthusiasm their love and respect for their former pastor, Rt. Rev. Bishop Tierney. It was his first visit to Stamford since being elected Bishop and he received a right royal welcome. All the societies connected with the parish headed by St. John’s band, marched to the residence of Father Rogers, which was decorated in a very beautiful and artistic manner with American flags, bunting and Chinese lanterns. The moment the Bishop and visiting clergymen appeared, cheer after cheer broke forth. Father Rogers introduced the Bishop in his usual cheerful way. Music and fireworks closed an evening which will long be remembered by all who were present.”

 

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 (203) 324-1553 ext 21.  Baptisms are usually performed Saturdays.

 

First Communion and Confirmation

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

 

Marriage

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

 

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

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

 

Devotions

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

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

 

St John’s Bookstore Hours

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

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

 

 

The Eucharist: The Bread of Life

                                                                                                                               -Fr. Terry Walsh 

What love God has for His children.  Through our faith in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Host we behold the Lamb of God each day right before our very eyes when we stand before Him at Mass and hear the words “The Body of Christ.” Our “Amen” attests to our belief that God Himself – His very Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity is actually about to enter into our being and change us forever, transforming us into more perfectly into His Divine likeness.  And He invites us to receive this gift every day.  Imagine if we could only receive Him once a year – or – once in a lifetime. Would we approach Him differently? Would we prepare for that intimate moment of God showering His Presence over us, in us, and through us any differently than we do today? Our preparation is integral to receiving Him worthily.  After all, we prepare well for special guests that come into our homes.  How much more deliberate should our preparation be to receive the author of all life, indeed, of all that is, into our individual souls? Our Lord gives us the wonderful gift of the Sacrament of Confession so that we may be purified of anything hindering us from approaching Him with a pure heart and soul.  Moreover, as we anticipate His arrival into our souls, we can prepare wonderful gifts to present to Him – the gifts of our good deeds, our cheerful sacrifices, our heartfelt prayers offered throughout the week.

In the Gospel of John, chapter 6, we hear the “Bread of Life Discourse” where Jesus reveals Himself to be the “true food from heaven” as He tells His disciples: “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life…I am the Living Bread which came down from Heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live forever; for the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.”  Unfortunately, many refused to believe. They knew He was speaking quite literally. But they hardened their hearts to the Truth and simply walked away.  Oh the pain this must have caused Him – He came to give life, and give it abundantly – and was rejected by many.  Our love for Jesus in the Eucharist should be one of constant growth and desire. We believe that the Eucharist is not just a symbolic representation of our Lord but rather that it is really and truly Him, under the appearance of Bread and Wine.  We must be ever-mindful of the Sacredness of the moment of consecration: Jesus, the Bread of Life, is made present on the Altar.  All the angels and saints are among us in those sacred moments adoring Jesus with us.

The gift of the Eucharist has come to us at a great price. Sacrosanctum concilium, the Vatican II document on the Sacred Liturgy, put it this way:  “At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of His Body and Blood. This He did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of His death and resurrection:  a Sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us’ (SC 47).”  In his letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul cautions us to prepare well: “Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself”(1 Cor. 11:27-29).  Our Lord makes it easy for us to receive Him in the State of Grace.  He offers healing through the Sacrament of Reconciliation so that we may approach Him with a clean heart and a pure soul as sons and daughters of the Light.

The Eucharist is our Life, and so the Mass, likewise, is our Life.  It is through His One Perfect Sacrifice at Calvary, which we enter into at every Holy Mass, that our Lord nourishes us in the life of grace.  It is the same Body and Blood that hung upon the Cross, the same Christ that was given to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, the same Jesus that has been received by countless souls in the Mystical Body who seek completeness, and, as St. Justin cautions, “…no one may take part in it unless he believes that what we teach is true, has received baptism for the forgiveness of sins and new birth, and lives in keeping with what Christ taught.” And the Church adds: “In the Eucharist the sacrifice of Christ becomes also the sacrifice of the members of His Body. The lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayer, and work, are united with those of Christ and with his total offering, and so acquire a new value. Christ’s sacrifice present on the altar makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with the offering”(ccc1368). Finally, St. Ambrose explains the effect of the words of Consecration: “Be convinced that this (Eucharist) is not what nature has formed, but what the blessing has consecrated. The power of the blessing prevails over that of nature, because by the blessing nature itself is changed…Could not Christ’s word, which can make from nothing what did not exist, change existing things into what they were not before? It is no less a feat to give things their original nature than to change their nature.”

Bulletin for Sunday June 7, 2009

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Pastor’s Corner . . .   June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a devotion that centers on the physical human heart of Jesus Christ as a symbol of His divine love for mankind. Throughout the centuries, the human heart has been a sign of human love—what do you normally send out on Valentine’s Day, except a card with hearts all over it? Every form of devotion to Our Lord’s humanity has as its object the devotion to the entire Christ who is the Word Incarnate: the Second Person of the Trinity, the Son of the Eternal Father, who became a man so that mankind could share in God’s divine life.  So our devotion to Jesus’ Sacred Heart is a devotion to much more than an organ that pumped blood. Our devotion to His Sacred Heart of flesh is as the true and natural symbol of His threefold love: His human love; His sensible and spiritual love, infused with supernatural charity; and His divine love as the Word Incarnate, the Son of God made man. The thoughts of the early Church Fathers are based on two texts from John’s Gospel: John 7: 37-39: “Jesus said, ‘If anyone thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” And, John 19: 33-7: “But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.” These and other passages were joined to view the Sacred Heart as the fountain from which issues the Holy Spirit from the Savior’s wounded side.  From this came the idea of the Church as born from the pierced Heart of Christ as the new Eve from the side of the new Adam. This was developed during the Middle Ages, as greater devotion to Our Lord’s heart became more popular.  St. Bonaventure wrote, “The Church was to be formed from the side of Christ as he slept on the Cross . . . Then, as from a fountain—Christ’s innermost heart—the price of our salvation would pour out, giving to the Church’s sacraments the power of conferring grace and of being for those who live in Christ a drink of the living water ‘that gushes up for eternal life.’” [Reflections on The Tree of Life] Saint Catherine of Siena and Saint Gertrude the Great, especially, were devoted to the Sacred Heart as a means to more deeply penetrate and join oneself to the mystery of the Incarnate God living in the Church and Her sacraments. The visions of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque [1601-1680] brought public attention and devotion to Jesus and His Sacred Heart.

The Heart of Jesus, then, is the symbol of the total love of His person for the Eternal Father and for us. Through and beyond the human heart, through this devotion one goes to the total love of the Word Incarnate, and also to that love by which the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit love sinful humanity—not merely as a group, but loves each of us individually, and desires to redeem each of us for eternity by means of Christ’s Incarnation and Suffering, Death and Resurrection, made present through the Church and the Church’s sacraments.  The image of Jesus’ Heart, afire with love, crowned with thorns, and pierced, has become the symbol par excellence of the Incarnation, the passion and depth of God’s love for every human person that led the Three Divine Persons of the Trinity all to contribute to our salvation through the life and Cross of Jesus. We should all cultivate a personal devotion to Our Lord’s Sacred Heart as a reminder of that Divine Love for each of us and to stimulate our personal response to that Sacred Love. —Mons. DiGiovanni

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Each year, the Bishop of Bridgeport asks all Catholics in Fairfield County to  assist him financially to continue the religious, charitable and educational works of the diocese. Each parish is assessed a certain amount: Saint John’s assessment is $85,000. this year. For those who have already contributed, please accept my thanks. Your generosity has given the bishop $68,000. so far towards our parish goal. We still are asked to donate $17,000 to meet our goal. Please, if you have not yet made a pledge, consider helping the parish help our bishop, by making a gift to the Annual Bishop’s Appeal today. This weekend you can find pledge envelopes in the pews: please fill one out and drop it in the collection basket. Or, if more convenient, take it home and mail it back to the rectory. We need everyone’s help! We should be particularly mindful of the good works our contributions support, since the editor of the diocesan newspaper, The Fairfield County Catholic, is both a parishioner and one of the parish’s lay members of the parish corporation. Dr. Joseph McAleer, along with our second lay board member, Michael Guarnieri, have served the parish faithfully for the past eleven years. Your donation to the Annual Bishop’s Appeal makes the publication of The Fairfield County Catholic possible, so the diocese can send these to over 97,000 households each month, free of charge. Please make a pledge today, and help your parish reach it’s goal. Thank you, and God bless you. —Mons. DiGiovanni

 

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

 

Please pray for those who have recently died  Monika LoBaidi, 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. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … Meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory to study the acts of the ancient Church martyrs.

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

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Meets on Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory.  All are welcome; just come in the front door.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Will  next meet  on July 16th at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory.  Class is closed to new student

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. 

 

Moms & Tots … A group of moms and their children meet with Fr. Walsh each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. in church for Eucharistic adoration, followed by snacks in the rectory.  Please join us.   Our next meeting will be on Tuesday July 7th.  

20’s & 30’s Group 20’s and 30’s Annual Picnic Will be held on Monday, June 8th.  We will pray the Rosary in  Church from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. followed by a cookout in the Backyard. Bring a friend…Give us a call so we can plan for food: (203) 324-1553, ext. 21.

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

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

HELP FEED THE HUNGRY IN OUR COMMUNITY – Fairfield County Eats! – a tasting event to benefit The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County will take place on Thursday, June 18th at The Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Over 48 Restaurants, Caterers, and Beverage Providers will be offering their best selections.  The Food Bank is the area’s primary hunger-relief organization and provides food to about 100 agencies and programs.  Tickets are $50.00.  For more information or to buy tickets on line at www.foodbanklfe.org (203) 921-1879.

Senior Services. . . One of the truly helpful agencies in town that actually helps people. If you would be interested in making a donation—no matter how small—to help truly needy people meet daily living expenses in Stamford, then this is the place to make your donation:  call Marie Johnson at (203) 324-6584.  I am on the board of directors of this organization, and I can assure you that this agency actually helps people. Give them a call. Mons. DiGiovanni

 

Sunday May 31, 2009   $ 12,612.88

 Sunday June 1, 2008   $ 12,539.91

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

 

 

 

June 14th  Sunday Readings:   Ex. 24:3-8, Heb. 9:11-15, Mk. 14:12-16, 22-26 (168)

 

Banns of Marriage: 

1st:   Gabriel Joseph Natarelli & Silvia Rebollar

1st:     Matthew Leonard Patrick Gallo & Jaclyn Brook Salvatore

1st:     Ryan Thomas Heide & Leah Ellen DiSpagna

2nd:    Darrell Thomas Ingram & Elissa Fabrizio

2nd:    Michel Cayo & Evelyn Alabre

3rd:    Scott Tyler O’Donnell & Natasha Anne Austin

 

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 96  (2) 99 [Tune: St. Flavian]. 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 Three Voices – William Byrd, 1540-1623.

Offertory Motet: Benedictus sit Deus – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756-1791 (Blessed be God the Father, and the only-begotten Son of God, and the Holy Spirit; for he has dealt with us according to his mercy. [Cf. Tobit 12:6]).

Communion Motet: O Veneranda Trinitas – Jacob Handl, 1550-1591.

The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Benedicta sit sancta Trinitas (Blessed be the Holy Trinity and its undivided Unity; we shall ever give him thanks, for he has dealt with us according to his mercy. O Lord, our Governor, how admirable is your name in all the earth! [Tobit 12:6; Ps. 8]); Alleluia Benedictus es, Domine (Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers; and worthy to be praised for ever.[Daniel 3:52]); Offertory Benedictus sit Deus (Blessed be God the Father, and the only begotten Son of God, and the Holy Spirit; for he has dealt with us according to his mercy. [Cf. Tob. 12:6]); Communion Benedicimus Deum cæli (Let us bless the God of heaven and utter his praises before all who live; for he has dealt with us according to his mercy. [Tob. 12:6]). 

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

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 x 21.

 

Mass Intentions

 

Saturday, June 6

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

Sunday, June 7

  7:30  Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

10:00  Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Josephine Languedoc

12:00 +Henry Saraniero req. Sharon Gannon

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

Monday, June 8

8:00   Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

12:10  +Varkey Apraim req. Baby Apraim

Tuesday, June 9

8:00  +Lorraine Faffley

12:10  +Nicholas, Eva, Charles, Charles, Jr. & Anne & Joseph Kronk req. Mary Churley

Wednesday, June 10

  8:00  +Dominick Ciccarelli req. Joan & Jim Renella

 

12:10  +William E. Thomson req. Estate of William E. Thomson

Thursday, June 11

  8:00 +Amy Reed req. Luz Conteras

 

12:10 +Julia Rusinak req. Mary Churley

Friday, June 12

  8:00  +Ernest J. Wells req. Edward Grady

 12:10 +Robert Ryan, Jr. req. Lou & June Lambiage

Saturday, June 13

8:00 +Rosanne Fazio req. her uncle Frank D’Amico

12:10 St. Anthony of Padua:  Thanksgiving for Favors received

 

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

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

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

 

 

St. John’s in The News . . . 

   . . . 50 years ago, or so:

June 8, 1959:  St. John’s Pupils Receive Awards. “St. John’s School graduated 77 eighth grade students at graduation exercises Sunday at St. John’s Church.  Eighteen graduates received awards for excellence.  Msgr. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s, conferred the diplomas and awards. The address to the graduates was given by the Rev. John F. McGough, diocesan superintendent of schools. The graduates: Janice J. Annunciato, Mary C. Bello, Veronica J. Bello, Robert A. Bobonick, John C. Briscoe, Patricia A. Briscoe, Mary Ann Bryan, Marion J. Cappellieri, Patrick S. Carriero, Richard D. Cavallero, Gregory L. Chesson, Gerard W. Costello, Jeanne E. Curry, Benny J. Daddona, Shirley J. Densky, Linda M. DeWitt, Kathleen S. Doyle, Patricia K. Downey, Joseph J. Ellul, Paulette I. Esposito, Robert P. Farrell, Louise A. Florentine, Donald J. Foust, Charles E. Friese, Cynthia J. Furlong, Ann M. Gasperino, Marilyn A. Gaudio, Josephine C. Grasso, Priscilla D. Hill, Kathleen B. Hogan, Thomas J. Hoyt, Patricia A. Hushion, Elizabeth Ann Kane, Robert J. Karwoski, Susan G. Kelemen, Colleen M. Kennedy, John C. Kennelly, Marie K. Libertone, James O. Lockard, Frances J. Mackewicz, Clarice J. Maffucci, Eileen A. Magee, Geraldine G. Mallory, Katheryn S. Marino, Sheila M. McAuliffe, J. Peter McConologue, Brian A. McGuinness, Kevin C. McGinness, Terrence J. McKee, Kathleen M. Meath, Peter St. J. Milord, Eileen F. Munnelly, Ruth L. Nichols, Maureen E. O’Neill, Joan M. Paulter, Adede M. Peterdi, Joseph R. Polka, Cynthia I. Quinn, Thomas F. Reardon, Sharon P. Reilly, Frank T. Ringi, Rita E. Rotelli, Brian P. Roth, William J. Roth, Edward J. Ryan, Thomas S. Scarano, Frank J. Servidio, Carol L. Smith, Mary E. Smith, Rita B. Sobieski, James M. Terlizo, Paul A. Tessitore, John J. Troy, Anthony J. Uva, Jean H. Valentine, Elizabeth A. Ward, Gail F. Young.”

 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

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

 

Marriage

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

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

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

 

Devotions

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

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

St John’s Bookstore Hours

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

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

 

 

The Maria Goretti and Dominic Savio Societies

                                   

 St. John the Evangelist  Parish Youth Groups                                  

                                                                                (Picnic set for Sunday, June 21st)                                  – Fr. Terry Walsh

 

                Our Parish Youth Group is comprised of 2 separate groups:  The St. Dominic Savio Society for High School boys and the St. Maria Goretti Society for our High School girls.  Both Saints are Patrons for the Youth. St. Dominic Savio (1842-1857; Feast Day, March 9th) lived in Turin, Italy. He exhibited great signs of piety from a very young age. Pope St. Pius X remarked: “A teenager such as Dominic, who bravely struggled to keep his innocence from Baptism to the end of his life, is really a saint.” At 12, Dominic entered the school that was managed by John Bosco (Saint, 1815-1888, founder of the Salesian Society) and through his fidelity to Christ, he was a leader in the ways of holiness. He died at the tender age of 15. St. Maria Goretti (1890-1902; Feast Day, July 6th), also from Italy,  lived in poor and difficult circumstances. As a young 12 year old girl, she became a Martyr when she fought to protect her innocence from a rapist, who killed her because she refused him. Catholic Online reports the story this way: “Alexander was captured and sentenced to 30 years. He was unrepentant until he had a dream that he was in a garden. Maria was there and gave him flowers. When he woke, he was a changed man, repenting of his crime and living a reformed life. When he was released after 27 years he went directly to Maria’s mother to beg her forgiveness, which she gave. ‘If my daughter can forgive him, who am I to withhold forgiveness,’ she said. When Maria was declared a Saint in 1950, Alexander was there in the St. Peter’s crowd to celebrate her canonization by Pope Pius XII for her purity as a model for youth.”

                Each Society meets at least once a month on different weekends in the Parish Rectory following the 12 Noon Mass. The meeting includes Prayer, (Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, a brief Reading from Scripture along with a brief homily), a Meal, usually a pizza party, followed by Recreation. The boys normally play sports, which include football, soccer, and basketball, while the girls have been involved with arts and crafts. Other indoor activities have included Chess matches, movies, and the like. A few times a year the groups meet together for special events such as field trips, ice skating, and the like.

                The Societies really blossomed this year under the direction of Rosa Marchetti. Her work benefited both Societies. She initiated new programs the brought new vitality and interest and, it seems, this is just the beginning of exciting times to come. The Maria Goretti Society gained wonderful strides this year under Rosa’s guidance. She was faithfully assisted by Suzanna Borthwick, Christine Rufino, and Katie Geist.  Likewise, I would like to thank Frank Marchetti who has led the Dominic Savio Society for the past few years and has helped steadily develop the program, most notably organizing the behind the scenes planning for the field trips to New York City. Thanks too to Tom Kolenberg who assisted in this effort, along with other interested patrons. There is a wonderful network of parishioners who assist in so many hidden ways and add so much to the  wonderful experiences shared by our young people. Ferry Galbert and Andrew Mbabaali are “graduates” of the Society and have remained closely connected to the Dominic Savio Society to assist Frank in a variety of ways. Andrew is the Master of Ceremonies at the 12 Noon Mass each Sunday. Ferry likewise assists at the High Mass. Indeed, most of the members of  Dominic Savio regularly serve at the 10am and 12 pm Masses.

                This year, our first special event was a field trip to The Cloisters, which is part of the New York Metropolitan Museum. The November trip began with breakfast at the Rectory before boarding the Bus for the short 40 minute trip into the City along the Hudson River. Many of our young people experienced for the first time a view of the History of the Church that spanned the centuries. Vestments and Vessels, Carvings and Mosaics, Tapestries and Paintings, most dating back well over 1000 years, opened their eyes to the love and fidelity of our fellow Catholics who lived long before us and who are with us still in the Church Triumphant. These artifacts have been assembled from all over the world, which of course points to the universality of the Church. Even the very building, “The Cloister” was once a Monastery in Europe that was disassembled and transported to NY and reassembled here several decades ago. We ended the excursion with a pizza party at the Rectory. The next event was sponsored by John Pendergast who hosted an ice skating outing for both societies. It was well attended and greatly appreciated. Finally, this spring, both societies met again for another successful trip to New York City, this time to visit the Natural Museum of History. Several volunteers assisted in both outings: our chaperones included Maria Marchetti, John Pendergast, Mirella  Badetti, Linda De Mott, Rosa Marchetti, Suzanna Borthwick,  Christine Rufino,  Frank Marchetti,  Joe Maker, Andrew Mbabaali, and Ferry Galbert. We’ll hold our final gathering for the year on Sunday, June 21, in the Afternoon. The location and time will be announced in the Bulletin at least 1 week beforehand. Thanks everyone!!!

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Bulletin for Sunday, May 31, 2009

For the entire bulletin with pictures please click the following link.

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Pastor’s Corner . . .   “The audience assembled on Sunday morning last”  [May 30, 1886] “at 10 o’clock in the new Catholic church of Stamford, was limited only by the capacity of the building, which spacious as it is, could not contain all who sought admission within its walls. While hundreds more stood outside, not less than twenty-five hundred people, obtained entrance, and witnessed the impressive ceremonial of dedication by the Rt. Rev. Bishop McMahon and the priests chosen as his assistants for the occasion.” Thus did the Stamford Advocate begin its report of the dedication ceremonies of our church, adding, “The new church is undoubtedly one of the very finest ecclesiastical edifices in the state.” [The Stamford Advocate, June 1, 1886]

 

All in all, Stamford was quite impressed: Saint John’s was the largest church in the state, and the ceremonies were attended by nearly the entire 4,000 person Catholic population of the city, with 25 priests and the Bishop of Hartford, and 24 other assistants and seminarians in attendance. Nowhere in Yankee Connecticut had there been such an expression of the rapid growth of the Church as on May 30, 1886 in Stamford, an up-and-coming city in southwestern Fairfield County.  The preacher for the day was Father Ignatius Horstmann, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, who reminded those assembled of the pace of Catholic growth in town: “What a change forty years have brought about in the Catholic Church here in Stamford. The progress of Catholicity in your midst can be read from these facts: from the Mass offered up in private houses to the modest frame chapel on Meadow Street, that was twice enlarged and improved, then to this magnificent structure worthy to be called a cathedral. At first a few faithful, now one-third of the entire population of the town.” [The Connecticut Catholic, June 5, 1886]

 

But the construction of our great church was not an easy project, and seemed doomed to permanent incompletion because of lack of funding, until the arrival of an Irish immigrant via Chicago—John Ennis, one of the most interesting men in the history of our city. Born in Richmond Harbor, County Longford, Ireland in 1842, he and his family moved to Chicago. Ennis fought for the Union in the Civil War. He worked as a contractor and built a number of churches in Chicago following the great fire. He and his family moved to Stamford, and became members of Saint John’s, and one of the most interesting persons in town. He fought to protect the rights of Irish Catholics, established a spa and hotel on Shippan Point, and gained fame as a world class athlete, capturing awards as a swimmer, crack rifleman, boxer, ice skater and long distance walker. He held the world record for both the 100-mile speed ice skating  [he was 52 years old at the time!] and walking across the United States [50 days and 5 hours at the age of 68 years!!].

 

Our interest with Mr. Ennis concerns the building of our present church. After the exterior of the church was basically completed according to the plans of James Murphy, construction stopped, due to lack of funds, and the building  closed in with a flat roof. In 1882 Ennis gave an estimate and plan for completing the interior work of the church, which was accepted by the pastor, Father William Rogers.

 

The former pastor, Father Michael Tierney, had decided to lower the roof trusses by seven feet, to cut costs. And James Murphy refused to continue with his original designs, and suggested leaving the church with a flat roof. But Ennis came forward with another plan: cut and restore the necessary seven feet of space by cutting and rebuilding the roof trusses. Murphy refused, claiming the building would collapse. Father Rogers was convinced by Ennis, and work began anew to provide for the Gothic plan of the church. Ennis later described his efforts at Saint John’s: “I had sole control of the construction of all the mechanical work, both as architect and general contractor and for four years I gave the work the best that was in me as a skilled mechanic and builder. They were the  happiest years of my life: my heart as well as my head and all the physical energy I possessed was employed for a good purpose and a successful end. I remodeled the interior as follows: Restored seven feet of space in order to make a true Gothic ceiling; enlarged the pillars more than twice the diameter of the original plans; substituted circular stairs to the galleries, three flights, instead of plain box stairs, as planned by old drawings. The roof did not collapse as predicted, no one was killed or injured. . .” He described Saint John’s as “the most beautiful Gothic church building in the State of Connecticut”, and continued, “Every line and detail is mine.” One of his last gifts to Saint John’s was the stained glass window in memory of his beloved wife Mary, who died in 1892 [the third northern window, to the left of the baptismal font]. John Ennis died in 1929 of pneumonia at 78 years of age.

 

So, Happy Anniversary, St. John’s!  Let’s remember John and his wife Mary Ennis in a little prayer today, as well as all our fellow Catholics of those earlier days, whose faith, generosity and determination created this beautiful church as a sign of their Catholic faith, and as a gift to future generations who would join them in worshiping God at this altar.–Mons. DiGiovanni

 

Please pray for the sick… Anthony P. D’Ariano, Matthew Kenealy, Millie Demillo, Anthony & Mary Ellen Sansone, Mons. John Horgan-Kung, Mike McNamee, Paul Rittman, Sal Sciazza, Ed Koplos, John Castellano, Lily Rice, Marion Giordano, Ray Flaharty

 

Please pray for those who have recently died  Monika LoBaidi, 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. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … 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.  Next meting will be on June 3rd.

 

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin. . .will begin on Wednesday, June 3rd at 6 p.m. in the Rectory, and meet every Wednesday evening. All are welcome; just come in the front door.

 

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Will  meet  June 4th  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. 

 

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 pray the Rosary in  Church from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. followed by a cookout in the Backyard. Bring a friend…Give us a call so we can plan for food: 324-1553, ext. 21.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . The parish goal this year is $85,000.  Please consider making a donation to help our Bishop:  This weekend, 30/31, we will have the In-Pew opportunity to  make a donation.  Please be generous.

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

HELP FEED THE HUNGRY IN OUR COMMUNITY – Fairfield County Eats! – a tasting event to benefit The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County will take place on Thursday, June 18th at The Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Over 48 Restaurants, Caterers, and Beverage Providers will be offering their best selections.  The Food Bank is the area’s primary hunger-relief organization and provides food to about 100 agencies and programs.  Tickets are $50.00.  For more information or to buy tickets on line at www.foodbanklfe.org (203) 921-1879.

  Sunday May 24, 2009   $ 9,879.34

 Sunday May 25, 2008   $10,919.50

 

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

 June 7th  Sunday Readings:   Dt. 4:32-34, 39-40; Rom.8:14-17; Mt: 28:16-20

 Banns of Marriage:  1st:    Dardell Thomas Ingram & Elissa Fabrizio

                                       1st:    Michel Cayo & Evelyn Alabre

                                       2nd:  Scott Tyler O’Donnell & Natasha Anne Austin

                                       3rd:   Shawn Ricardo Denir Burroughs & Nichole Antoinette Allen

 Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) Come, Holy Ghost [Missalette]  (2) 92. 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: Masa for Four Voices – William Byrd, 1540-1623.  Offertory Motet: Loquebantur variis linguis – G.P. da Palestrina –  1525-1594 (The apostles spoke in many tongues, alleluia, of the great works of God, alleluia. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in many tongues of the great works of God, alleluia. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Alleluia.)

Communion Motet: Veni Creator Spiritus – L. Abbott (Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest, and in our souls take up Thy rest; come with Thy grace and heavenly aid to fill the hearts which Thou hast made. Kindle our sense from above, and make our hearts o’erflow with love; with patience firm and virtue high the weakness of our flesh supply. [attrib. Rabanus Maurus])

The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Spiritus Dominus (The Spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world, alleluia; and that which contains all things, knows every language spoken by men, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia; Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; and let those who hate him flee before his face. [Wisdom 1:7; Ps. 67]); Alleluia Veni Sancte Spiritus (Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people, and enkindle in them the fire of your love.); Sequence Veni Sancte Spiritus (Come, Thou Holy Spirit, come; And from Thy celestial home Shed a ray of light Divine: Come, Thou Father of the poor, Come, Thou source of all our store, Come, within our bosoms shine: Thou of comforters the best, Thou the soul’s most welcome guest, Sweet refreshment here below; In our labor rest most sweet, Grateful coolness in the heat, Solace in the midst of woe; O most blessed Light Divine, Shine within these hearts of Thine, And our inmost beings fill; Where Thou art not, man hath naught, Nothing good in deed or thought, Nothing free from taint of ill. Heal our wounds; our strength renew; On our dryness pour Thy dew; Wash the stains of guilt away: Bend the stubborn heart and will; Melt the frozen, warm the chill; Guide the steps that go astray. On the faithful, who adore And confess Thee, evermore In Thy seven-fold gifts descend: Give them virtue’s sure reward, Give them Thy salvation, Lord, Give them joys that never end. Amen, alleluia.); Offertory Confirma hoc Deus (Confirm, O God, that which you have accomplished in our midst; from your holy temple which is in Jerusalem, kings shall offer presents to you, alleluia. [Ps. 67:29-30]); Communion Factus est repente (Suddenly, a sound came from heaven like a rush of a mighty wind, in the place where they were sitting, alleluia; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and announced the great God had done, alleluia, alleluia. [Acts 2:2,4]).

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

  Mass Intentions

 Saturday, May 30

  4:00    Brian & Kathleen Fennessey

Sunday, May 31

  7:30   +Richard Adam req. Therese & Nicholas Troilo

10:00   Special Intention Maiah Rovegno

12:00 +Anniello Preziosi 43rd Anniversary req. Children, Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren

6:00 +Francis M. Carriera, wife req. Gerard Carriera

Monday, June 1

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

12:10 +William E. Thomson req. Estate of William E. Thomson

Tuesday, June 2

  8:00 +Mary Lou DeLuca 1st Anniversary req. Msgr. DiGiovanni

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

Wednesday, June 3

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

12:10 +Mr. Octavius & Venilia Mehu & Family by Grandchildren

Thursday, June 4

  8:00 +Gertrude Thielking req. Paul Murphy

 12:10 +Patrick & Vera Dandry req. John & Laura Pascale

Friday, June 5

  8:00 +Virginia & Eileen Carr req. Marie Carr

 12:10 Special Intention Msgr. DiGiovanni req. Millie Terenzio

Saturday, June 6

  8:00 +Hope & Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family

12:10   Anne McEntee req. Kristen Cassidy

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

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

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

 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 x 21.

 

St. John’s in The News . . .

   . . . 50 years ago, or so:

 

June 5, 1964:  Scout Troop Of St. John’s Presents Awards. “Boy Scout Troop 22, sponsored by St. John’s Catholic Church, held its annual Parents Night and Court of Honor. Scouts recognized for having advanced in rank during the past year were: Life – John Connolly. Star – Robert Gaynor, Robert Johnson, Daniel Moriarty, Patrick Moriarty, James Otis, and Daniel Shaub. First Class – Robert Costello and Arthur Remy. Second Class – William Boffa, Michael Connole, Gerald Costello, Terance Costello, Vincent Fanning, Noel Hanrahan, Douglas Harry, Brian Healy, Donald Hickey, Fred Jones, Richard Johnson, Ronald Lewis, Harry Lockwood, Thomas Lynam, Lawrence Lynch, Donald Memale, Steven Rank, Charles Russo, Mark Sileo, and William Thompson. Scouts inducted into the troop as Tenderfoot: Mark Brideau, Roger Cornwell, Thomas Falzone, Arthur Gleason, Mark McAuliffe, Dennis Moriarty, Henry Olmino, Mark Oricchio, Andres Purcell, Brian Quinn, Robert Terenzio, Jospeh Ventre, and Philip Waterbury.”

 

June 5, 1964:  Girl Scouts Conduct Joint Court Of Awards. “Girl Scout Troops 74 and 645 held a joint Court of Awards Tuesday, in the St. John’s School auditorium. Junior Scouts from Troop 74 earned merit badges: Cook, Bridget Ormond, Diedre Costello, Mary Orrichhio, Judy Cornwell, Patricia Kennedy, Andrea Martinelli, Julianne Breunich, Rose Marie Fanning, Anita Bobersky, Charlotte Frank, Michele Leary, Patricia O’Malley, Patricia Foster, Lois Gugliotto, Mary Anne Hanson, Carol Martinelli. Irma Rizzo Rina Tozzoli, Jacqueline Romano, Cynthia Drosdeck, Jo Ann Robotti, Linda DiVasto, Elise Veremakis, Jennie Sileo, Mary Ellen Shaub, Barbara Baudisch, Isabelle Mancinelli, Diane Paul, Maureen Costello, Judy Talor, Connie Dyrak, Sheila Lyman, Cathy Phelan, Alice Remy, Mary Lou Ryan. Pet, Lois Gugliotto. Drawing and painting, Patricia Kennedy. Housekeeping, Jennie Sileo, Cathy Griswold, Cynthia Drosdeck, Patricia Griswold, Diane Hayes, Linda DiVasto. Songsters, Jennie Sileo, Mary Ellen Shaub, Cynthia Drosdeck, Barbara Baudisch, Diane Paul, Maureen Costello, Judy Talor, Cathy Griswold, Patricia Griswold, Linda DiVasto. Arts and rounds, Jo Ann Robotti. Back yard fun, Isabelle Mancinelli, Cynthia Drosdeck, Jo Ann Robotti, Elise Veremakis, Mary Ellen Shaub. Collector, Isabelle Mancinelli, Linda DiVasto, Jo Ann Robotti, Margaret Gallagher, Elise Veremakis, Judy Talor, Mary Ellen Shaub, Mary Lou Ryan. The Sign of the Arrow was earned by Jo Ann Robotti, Mary Ellen Shaub, Patricia Griswold, Cynthia Drosdeck, Cathy Griswold. Hiking badges were presented to the following Cadettes: Betty Jane Romano, Jean Kennedy, Remy, Mary Bethe Marcinkowski, Cathy Huehion, Denise Seabrooks, Cecelia Golino, Therese Bobersky and Nancy Hull. Chef, Susan Hayes. The following Cadettes received five year pins: Theresa Hogan, Margaret Black, Deborah Walker, Patricia Smith and Julianne Summerton.”

 

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

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

 

Marriage

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

 

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

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

 

Devotions

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

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

 

St John’s Bookstore Hours

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

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

 

Pentecost and the Feast of the Visitation

                                                                  – Fr. Terry Walsh

“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth”(John 4:23).

 

Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you”(Jn 14:15). In other words, as faithful members of the Mystical Body of Christ, we are imbued with the Holy Spirit, who leads and guides all the Children of the Light into the Heavenly Kingdom. Our brief sojourn here on earth is our opportunity to follow  Christ: to love him and honor him. He helps us every step of the way. Through every trial, every suffering, every joy and every consolation we are strengthened by the seven-fold gift of the Holy Spirit so that we may accomplish our mission: as St. Paul put it: “To live the truth in love”(Ephesians4:15). 

The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Immaculate Conception, was created without the stain of sin, yet, she endured great suffering. She suffered in union with Her Son—for love of Him. She suffered for love of his Mystical Body, the Church. She was filled with the Holy Spirit, yet she suffered. Consider the wonder of the Annunciation—the most extraordinary moment in time. What immeasurable joy! Yet, this young “unmarried” woman endured false accusation. Like Her Son would do during His Passion, Mary ‘opened not her mouth’ to defend her innocence. Rather, she faithfully placed her trust in God and remained completely docile to the Holy Spirit. She Motherly Heart focused on the needs of others. After all, she was carrying the Messiah. Yet, she humbly journeyed over the hill country to visit Elizabeth, who was preparing for the birth of John the Baptist. Mary is our model of purity, humility, love – indeed, every virtue. Now our Heavenly Mother visits each one of us in the very same way. She comes to us tenderly to lead us into the Heart of Her Son.

In True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Louis De Montfort writes: “When Mary has taken root in a soul she produces in it wonders of grace which only she can produce; for she alone is the fruitful virgin who never had and never will have her equal in purity and fruitfulness….When the Holy Spirit, her spouse, finds Mary in a soul, he hastens there and enters fully into it. He gives himself generously to that soul according to the place it has given to his spouse”(n.35,36). When we examine our prayer life, what place have we given to our Spiritual Mother? Are we truly devoted children? She loves each one of Her children with a perfect love. She is our great Intercessor, always seeking to lead us into a deeper union with Her Son. Though our devotion to her, we imitate Christ and at the same time honor the 4th commandment.  And as our devotion deepens, the Holy Spirit will pour abundant graces into our souls, forming us more perfectly in love. DeMontfort put it this way: “…the more the Holy Spirit finds Mary, his dear and inseparable spouse, in a soul the more powerful and effective he becomes in producing Jesus Christ in that soul and that soul in Jesus Christ”(n.20). Each time we utter the “Angelic Salutation” better known as the “Hail Mary” we call upon her motherly aid and she rushes to our side. How beautiful to contemplate the Mysteries of Jesus through the Hands of Mary, the pedals of the Rosary. Consider the origin of the Hail Mary: it begins with the Salutation of the Archangel Gabriel, sent from God, to greet  the Virgin Mary: “Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you!” Soon after, Mary visits Elizabeth. Upon her greeting, Elizabeth, inspired by the Holy Spirit, cries out to Mary, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.  And finally, the spiritual children of Mary, that is, the Church, completes the prayer: “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.” De Montfort reminds us that the salvation of the world began with this prayer at the Annunciation.. He writes: “The ‘Hail Mary’…brought to a dry and barren world the Fruit of Life…the Hail Mary is a heavenly dew which waters the earth of our soul and makes it bear its fruit in due season….When the Hail Mary is well said, that is, with attention, devotion and humility, it is, according to the saints, the enemy of Satan, putting him to flight; it is the hammer that crushes him, a source of holiness for souls, a joy to the angels and a sweet melody for the devout. It is the Canticle of the New Testament, a delight for Mary and glory for the most Blessed Trinity. The Hail Mary is dew falling from heaven to make the soul fruitful. It is a pure kiss of love we give to Mary. It is a crimson rose, a precious pearl that we offer to her”(253).”

Citing the Church Fathers, the great Saints of the early Church, DeMontfort clarifies the extraordinary role of Mary in the life of the Church –in every member of the Mystical Body of Her Son: “God the Holy Spirit entrusted his wondrous gifts to Mary, his faithful spouse, and chose her as the dispenser of all he possesses, so that she distributes all his gifts and graces to whom she wills, as much as she wills, how she wills and when she wills. No heavenly gift is given to men which does not pass through her virginal hands”(n.25).

 

Bulletin for Sunday, May 24, 2009

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Pastor’s Corner . . .   The Ascension of Our Lord is one of the great solemnities of the Church’s calendar because it recalls the historic event of the return of Our Lord to Heaven in His resurrected body. This action of God in human history has effects far beyond history. Christ is one Person in two natures, human and divine. Everything Jesus did as a man was also an act of the eternal Son of God, since once God entered into human history on the first Christmas, the Invisible and Eternal God became visible in the man Jesus. So, Jesus’ human love is the embodiment of the redeeming love of God.  Because Jesus’ human actions are also divine actions of the Son of God, He can fulfill God’s promise of salvation in the tangible, real way intended by God. Salvation is not an idea, or a state of mind. Salvation is the result of God’s work in the flesh. His triumph over sin and the grave is, likewise, in the flesh and real: the flesh taken on by the Son of God in the womb of the Virgin. His saving actions, while done in time and space—born in Bethlehem, crucified and risen in Jerusalem—have a value and an effect beyond time and space—Jesus saved not just his contemporaries who were in Bethlehem at His birth or those who were at His death and Resurrection in Jerusalem—His acts in the flesh are real actions of God, who transcends time and space. So, the great mysteries of Jesus’ human life, His Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension, have a real and long lasting effect for all humankind through all ages and in all places.

“Do not touch me”, Jesus told Mary Magdalene on the first Easter morning, “for I have not yet ascended to my Father.” [John 20, 16].  Forty days after He rose from the dead in His human flesh, Jesus returned to the Father—He ascended—in His human flesh. Saint Paul, tells us that since Jesus is not only a great man, but the new Adam [Rom 5.18], every event in Jesus’ life affects and modifies the condition of our own life to the very depths of our existence.  Jesus is both creator and redeemer, or re-creator: He not only forgives sins by His death and Resurrection, He recreates humankind. He destroys the power of sin and the grave by His submission to death on the Cross, but snatches victory from it by His Resurrection from the dead. His Ascension to Heaven in His resurrected human body renders this victory definitive: humankind enters into the life of the Trinity once and for all in the Person of the Incarnate Son of God [Heb 9, 26; 10,10] Paul wrote, voicing the experience of the Apostles, which becomes the faith of the early Church: “But God. . . even when we were dead by reason of our sins, brought us to life together with Christ. . . and raised us up together, and seated us together in heaven in Christ Jesus.” [Eph 2, 4-6]

 

Jesus returned to the Father in His human flesh in order to send the Holy Spirit to guide His Church and to continue His work transforming every human person in every generation and place: this is the beginning of our personal glorification through Christ, who continues His work in His human flesh from heaven through the Holy Spirit. His Ascension is His promise that we can gain eternity in the flesh by responding to Him in love in our daily lives.  He is the Head of the Church; we form the Body of the Church. Where the Head has gone, the Body hopes to follow. Love Our Lord, be attentive to His Grace, for heaven awaits those who love Him.

 

For some sense of the importance for us of the Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven, here are a few excerpts from some of the great sermons by the Church Fathers:

 

“The days between the Lord’s resurrection and his ascension are not idle ones; in them great mysteries are confirmed and others revealed.

“During these days the fear of death recedes as the immortality not only of the soul but also of the flesh is made evident. During these days the Lord breathes forth his Holy Spirit on all the Apostles and in a special way gives Peter the keys of the kingdom and the care of his flock.

“Throughout this whole period, therefore, beloved, God providently teaches the hearts of his own to recognize the Lord Jesus to be as truly risen as he had been truly born and as he truly suffered and died. The Apostles and all the disciples, so fearful about the Cross, so doubtful about the resurrection, are strengthened by irresistible truth. . . As the disciples looked on, man was ascending beyond the angelic orders, beyond archangelic heights. Having been united to God’s nature in his Son, man now shared in the Son’s glory at the Father’s throne.” [Pope St. Leo the Great, On the Ascension]

 

“Christ descended from heaven out of mercy to us, and though he alone ascends, we also ascend, for we are one with him through grace. We are not claiming for the Body, the Church, the dignity of the Head, Christ the Son, but we are assured that the Body is inseparable from the Head.” [St. Augustine, On the Ascension of the Lord] –Mons. DiGiovanni

 

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

 

Please pray for those who have recently died  Monika LoBaidi, 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.

 

Dedication Vespers. . . Solemn Sung Evening Prayer will be offered on Saturday, May 30th at 5:30 pm, in celebration of the anniversary of the dedication of our church in 1886. Refreshments to follow. All are welcome.

 

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.  Next meting will be on June 3rd.

 

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Will  meet  May 28th  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. 

 

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 pray the Rosary in  Church from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. followed by a cookout 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.

 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.

 

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.

 

 May 31st Sunday Readings:  Acts 2:1-11; 1 Cor. 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Gal. 5:16-25; Jn. 20:19-23 or Jn. 15:26-27, 16:12-15 (63)

 Banns of Marriage:   1st:  Scott Tyler O’Dnnell & Natasha Anne Austin

2nd: Shawn Ricardo Denir Burroughs & Nichole Antoinette Allen

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 87  (2) 155. 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 ‘Simile est regnum coelorum’ – Tomás Luis de Victoria, 1548-1611.

Offertory Motet: Ascendit Deus – Victoria (God has gone up amidst shouts of joy, the Lord to the sound of the trumpet, alleluia. [Ps. 47:6]).

Communion Motet: Jesu nostra Redemptio – Victoria (Jesus, our redemption, love and desire, God, Creator of all things, becomes man in the fullness of time. What mercy made thee bear our crimes, to suffer a cruel death that we might be saved from death! Descending into Hell’s prison, freeing thy captives, Thy noble triumph won, dwelling at the Father’s right hand. Let pity compel thee to overcome our evils, granting pardon, fulfil and satisfy us with thy face. Be our joy, who will be our future prize; let all our glory be in Thee forever, throughout all ages. [Anon., 10th Cent.]).

The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Exaudi, Domine (Hearken, O Lord, unto my voice which has called out to you, alleluia; my heart declared to you: “Your countenance have I sought; I shall ever see your countenance, O Lord; do not turn your face from me, alleluia, alleluia.” The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? [Ps. 27:7,-9,1]); Alleluia Exivi a Patre (I came forth from the Father and have come into the world; now I am leaving the world and going to the Father. [John 16:28]); Alleluia Non vos relinquam (I will not leave you orphans; I am going, but I will come back to you, and your hearts will be full of joy. [John 14:18]); Offertory Ascendit Deus (God has gone up amidst shouts of joy, the Lord to the sound of the trumpet, alleluia. [Ps. 47:6]); Communion Pater, cum essem cum eis (Father, when I was amongst them, I kept those whom you had given me, alleluia; but now I am coming to you; I do not ask you to take them out of the world, but to keep them from evil, alleluia, alleluia. [John 17:12,13,15]).

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Mass Intentions

 Saturday, May 23

  4:00 Special Intention Fr. Paul Check req. Millie Terenzio

Sunday, May 24

  7:30   Fr. Brian Gannon 12th Anniversary req. Sharon Gannon

10:00 Deceased Veterans of the Parish

12:00 For the Catholic Church in China in Union with Pope Benedict XVI’s Intention req. by The Cardinal Kung Foundation

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

Monday, May 25

  8:00 Margaret Mary Cycon req. Cycon Family

12:10 Veterans of the Parish

Tuesday, May 26

  8:00 +Marily McKenna req. Pugliese Family

12:10 Special Intention Francis Mukwaya req. Scholastica Nabwire

Wednesday, May 27

  8:00 +Evelyn Hardnart Murray req. Richard A. Foreman

12:10 Special Intention Valencia Lancaster req. John & Laura Pascale

Thursday, May 28

  8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

 12:10 +Katherine Harten req. M. Blake & D. Monahan

Friday, May 29

  8:00 +Margaret Curtis req. Mary Maloney

 12:10 In Honor of St. Maxmillan Kolbe & Special Intentions Pope Benedict XVI req. James Bosilvas

Saturday, May 30

  8:00 Teodoro Cornesa req. Basilia Cornejo

12:10 Special Intention Andrew Berisho req. Basilia Cornejo

 

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 27, 1957:  1,500 In Attendance At Reception For New Canaan Priest. “More than 1,500 persons attended a reception for the Rev. Edward Burke Karl, at the home of his mother, Mrs. Leo E. Karl on Carter St., New Canaan, Sunday afternoon. Father Karl sung his first solemn Mass at St. Aloysius Church at 11 a.m. Assisting Father Karl were the Rev. Edmund J. Hussey, arch-priest; the Rev. Edward H. Rooney, deacon; the Rev. Joseph Dimino, sub-deacon; and the Rev. Francis P. Meenan, C.S. Cp., master of ceremonies. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. William J. Fox, pastor of St. Aloysius; and the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s Church in Stamford, served as chaplains to Bishop Hacket.” (Editor’s note: Father Karl served as a Summer Assistant at St. John’s, Stamford, in 1962.)

 

May 25, 1957:  Holy Name Groups To Hold Bridgeport Rally Sunday. “Several from Stamford and the area will attend the Bridgeport Diocesan Holy Name Rally in that city, Sunday afternoon at Hedges Memorial Stadium. The Most Rev. Lawrence J. Shehan, DD, Bishop of Bridgeport, will preside. The Rev. Bartholomew Skelly, pastor of St. Theresa’s Church, Trumbull, and director of the Holy Name Societies in the Diocese, is chairman. In charge of the program will be the Rev. John Pitonak, director of the Bridgeport District. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s Church, Stamford, will be celebrant while the Blessed Sacrament is being carried to the field by Rev. James Devine.”

 

May 29, 1957: St. John’s Church Announces Schedule Of Thursday Masses. “Because Memorial Day and the Feast of the Ascension fall on the same date this year, the usual services for the dead will not be conducted in St. John’s Cemetery Thursday. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, who is pastor of St. John’s Church and is in charge of the cemetery, also announced today the schedule of Masses at St. John’s Church on Thursday, which is a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics. The Masses will be at 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 a.m., and 12:10 p.m. There will be no late afternoon or evening Masses at St. John’s, the pastor said.”

 

May 27, 1958:  “Mass will be said at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day in St. John’s Cemetery, Springdale, for all deceased veterans and others who are buried there, the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s Church, has announced. If rain prevents the scheduled Mass from being celebrated, it will be cancelled, Msgr. Coleman added.”

 

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

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

 

Marriage

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

 

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

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

 

Devotions

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

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

 

St John’s Bookstore Hours

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

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

 

St. Anne’s Society Celebrates the Sacraments

Congratulations to all the Religious Education Students of St. John’s

 

           On Sunday, May 17th, the St. Ann Society hosted an evening  in celebration of all our Religious Education Students and recognized those in particular who had excellent attendance  as well as  those who received the Sacraments of 1st Penance, 1st Holy Communion, and Confirmation. The evening began with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.  We continued the festivities after our prayer time with “Pizza and Pasta” in the Hall. Many thanks to Suzie Trotta , our “Cappo” of the St. Anne Society, and her faithful helpers , Lizzy , Annie, and Frank, who prepared the Hall for the party and were responsible for all the behind the scenes work of shopping and preparing the food. Thanks also to Janet Lancaster for her assistance in preparing for the event. Suzie took on the project of renewing the St. Anne Society  this past September and has done an outstanding job all year long, beginning with the 1st Annual Parish Picnic last September and concluding with the “Celebration of the Sacraments” evening on Sunday. Thanks again Suzie for all your efforts throughout the year.

In addition, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our amazing staff of truly dedicated  teachers in our Religious Education  program.  They faithfully prepare our young people each  Sunday morning. Their prayerful dedication includes many hours of preparation as well as behind the scenes work for the benefit of our students. Their tireless efforts complement what you—their parents—are instilling in them at home. A special thanks to Lisa Kotasek who took on the responsibility of teaching our Confirmation class this year. It was a large class and there was much ground to cover. She did an outstanding job in all areas of the program. We were especially pleased with the wonderful retreat with the Sisters of Life at the Villa Maria Guadalupe. The day included talks by Katie Terriault, Katie Geist, and Suzanne Borthwick , as well as conversations with the Sisters  throughout our time at the Villa. The retreat included Mass and Holy Hour, lunch and games. While next year’s Confirmation program will incorporate an additional year in preparation for the Sacrament, the Retreat will still be held. In fact, we hope to offer it both in the Fall and in the Spring thanks to the wonderful experience our students enjoyed this year. Thank you Lisa for all the behind the scenes  projects  that you organized and led  to prepare our students in this important year of their Catholic Formation. Lisa was also instrumental in helping organize our field trips to the Cloisters in the Fall as well as the Natural Museum of History this Spring in concert with Rosa Marchetti, our director of the Maria Goretti Society. Through Rosa’s leadership, the Maria Goretti Society blossomed this year into a wonderful society that offers continuing Catholic Formation, prayer, and  enjoyable activities  for the young ladies of our parish. Thanks  Rosa, to you and your faithful assistants! Likewise, I’d like to thank Ferry Galbert, Andrew Mbabaali, and Frank Marchetti for their great work with the Dominic Savio Society for our young men. We are blessed to have such faithful and dedicated parishioners here at St. John’s who truly delight in passing on the faith. Indeed, some of our teachers  have been involved for more than 10 years. I would just like to acknowledge them and thank  them for their dedicated service:  Kindergarten and 1st grade: Ann Marie Carpenzano (and her faithful assistant, Frank); 2nd Grade: Maria Marchetti (and her trusty assistants, Stephanie and Kelsey) and  the Sisters of Our Lady of Grace, Sister Lugia and Sister Maria. I would also like to thank Jeanne McMurchy who assisted with the 2nd Grade class. Marie Boursiquot taught our 3rd grade class and was assisted by Maureen Boursiquot. Michelle Koetke taught the 4th grade and Marialyse Martiney assisted the class. McKenzie Pendergast taught our 5th graders  and  John Pendergast led the Communion Class for 5th  to 9th grade students. Sue Kremheller was our 6th grade teacher, assisted by  Marielle Martiney .  Thanks also to Fr. Audette, our Confirmation Prep instructor.  Finally, I would like to thank our faithful substitute, Joe Maker, who filled in for all grades, and Rosario, our Church Hall “Manager”.  Likewise, Kateri Duffy  helped keep things running smoothly for the teaches each Sunday morning by assisting in any number of helpful assignments. Our behind the scenes office staff also deserves thanks, especially our Office Secretary, Providencia , as well as Ferry Galbert who worked with the Dominic Savio Group and helped coordinate activities with the Religious Education program.  Thanks to one and all. See you at the picnic!

 

Summer Assignment:  Pray the Rosary together as a family….

 

Sunday May 17, 2009   $ 13,094.63

 

Sunday May 18, 2008   $ 10,310.20

 

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 17, 2009

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Pastor’s Corner . . .Monsignor Nagle will celebrate his 60th anniversary of priestly ordination on Sunday, and we are delighted and honored that he will offer Mass at 12 noon here at Saint John’s, in which he offered his first Mass six decades earlier.

                         This was not by accident, since his life was intimately joined with that of this Mother Church of Stamford from his earliest youth: he grew up in Stamford in his parents’ home on Randall Avenue, and Saint John’s was the family parish, the focus of an intense Catholic life in a deeply devout family.

                         After graduating from Saint Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut in 1943 as valedictorian of his class, Bill Nagle was awarded the prestigious Theodore Basselin Scholarship at Catholic University, which allowed him to complete his master’s degree in philosophy in 1945. After entering major seminary to complete his training for the priesthood, Bill was called by his bishop to serve as deacon Prefect of Discipline at Saint Thomas Seminary, and ordained a priest in 1949. Following various assignments, Father Nagle was assigned pastor of his home parish in 1973, a post he held until retirement in 1998.

                         The fact that Saint John’s exists at all is a tribute to the pastoral dedication of Monsignor Nagle to his home parish.  Monsignor’s years at Saint John’s coincided with those of urban redevelopment in downtown Stamford. With most of the parishioners moved away with the destruction of the surrounding neighborhoods, Saint John’s seemed doomed. For years Bishop Curtis had slated Saint John’s parish to be closed, the school, church and rectory demolished and the property sold. With the parish school demolished a few years prior to Monsignor’s arrival as pastor, the number of families in the parish was further eroded. Crime rose, people fled the downtown, the buildings continued to deteriorate, yet Monsignor remained at his post. One of his most forward looking actions was the assemblage and purchase of parcels of property which today constitute the parish parking lot. Knowing that the property was the last of the parish’s patrimony, he correctly insisted that it be obtained for the future of the parish he loved.

                         While the merest of sketches of his priestly ministry, permit me to state that this parish owes much to her native son, Monsignor Nagle, for his years of love and dedication to the parish he calls home. Congratulations, Monsignor, on 60 years of a wonderful priesthood! –Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… Millie Demillo, 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

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

 Ascension Thursday…May 21st is a Holy Day of Obligation.  Masses:  at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20th and 8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m.; 5:15. p.m. on the 21st.

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 p.m. 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 pray the Rosary in  Church from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. followed by a cookout 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.

Fundraising Dinner: I forgot to mention two of ladies who baked furiously on the Cup Cake Patrol: Beth Carpanzano and Kathy Tafuro spent dozens of hours preparing dozens of cupcakes for last week’s dinner: thanks, very much!!

 

 

 

May 24th  Sunday Readings:  Acts: 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26; 1Jn. 4:11-16; Jn. 17:11b-19 (60) Ascension:  Acts: 1:1-11/Eph. 1:17-23 or 4: 1-7, 11-13/Mk. 16:15-20 (58)

 Banns of Marriage:  1st: Shawn Ricardo Denir Burroughs & Nichole Antoinette Allen

 

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 73 (2) 161. 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 ‘Sacerdotes Domini’ – B.Andrew Mills, b. 1969. At the Entrance of the Ministers: Tu es Sacerdos – Aloys Desmet, 1867-1917. (Tu es Sacérdos in aeternum secundum ordinem Melchisedech. The Lord hath sworn, and he will not repent: Thou art a priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedech. [Ps. 110:4]). Offertory motet: Sacerdotes Domini – William Byrd, 1540-1623 (The priests of the Lord offer incense and loaves to God, and therefore they shall be holy to their God, and shall not defile His name, alleluia.). Communion motet: Panis angelicus – César Franck, 1822-1890 (The Bread of angels was made the bread of man; He confined the heavenly Bread to a thing of size and shape: O marvelous thing! That a poor man, a humble servant, should consume the Lord. We beseech Thee, O God, Three-in-One, visit us thus, even as we worship Thee. Lead us into Thy ways; and by them may we direct our course to the Light in which Thou dwellest. Amen. [St. Thomas Aquinas, trans. R. Divozzo]). The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Vocem iucundidatis (Spread the news with a voice of joy; let it be heard, alleluia; speak it out to the very ends of the earth; the Lord has liberated his people, alleluia, alleluia. Shout joyfully to God all the earth; sing a psalm to his name; praise him with magnificence. [Cf. Isaiah 48:20; Ps. 65]); Alleluia Ego vos elegi (I have chosen you from the world, in order that you might go, and bear fruit, and that your fruit should last. [John 15:16]); Offertory Benedicite gentes (O nations, bless the Lord our God, let the voice of his praises resound; he has restored my soul to life and he has not suffered my feet to stumble; blessed be the Lord who has neither rejected my prayer nor turned away from me, alleluia. [Ps. 67:8,9,20]); Communion Ego vos elegi (I have chosen you from the world, in order that you might go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should last. [John 15:16]).

Calling all Singers! . . . The 10:00 a.m. Family Mass Adult choir is in need of singers! We rehearse at 8:15 a.m. on Sundays only, in the Choir Room.  Please call Scott Turkington: 324-1553, ext. 18.

 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.

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

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.

Mass Intentions 

Saturday, May 16

 4:00   +Rose & Ubal Itri req. Daughters

Sunday, May 17

  7:30     Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

10:00     Special Intention Agnes Kung req. Joseph Kung

12:00    Holy Father Intentions req. Our Lady of Loretto Altar Guild

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

Monday, May 18

  8:00     +Joe & Josephine Larobina req. Pugliese Family

12:10   +Dorothea Maksymowicz req. Mary Churley

Tuesday, May 19

  8:00     +Carol McFadden

12:10     +Giuseppe & Maria Megale req. Pugliese Family

Wednesday, May 20

  8:00     Special Intention Dr. Walsh req. Koetke Family

12:10    Special Intention Olivia Rovegnor

  5:15    People of the Parish

Thursday, May 21

   8:00   Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.

 12:10   +Stephen Churley req. Mary Churley

   5:15   People of the Parish

Friday, May 22

  8:00     Special Intention

 12:10   Special Intention Fr. Terrance P. Walsh req. Millie Terenzio

Saturday, May 23

  8:00   Special Intention Fr. Terrance Walsh req. Greer & Ronald Lauture

12:10   Special Intention

 

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

St. John’s in The News . . .

   . . . 50 years ago, or so:

 The Stamford Advocate:

 May 6, 1949:  2 Area Residents To Be Ordained by Bishop O’Brien. “Two men from the Stamford area will be ordained in the Roman Catholic priesthood in ceremonies at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hartford, on May 26. They are the Rev. Mr. William A. Nagle, son of  Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Nagle, 9 Randall Ave., Stamford, and the Rev. Mr. James F. Tomney, son of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Tomney of Strickland Rd., Cos Cob.

“The Most Rev. Henry J. O’Brien, Bishop of Hartford, will administer the Sacrament of Holy Orders to  more than 30 in ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m.

“The Rev. Mr. Nagle will sing his first Solemn High Mass at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 29, in St. John’s Church. Archpriest will be the Rev. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor; Deacon will be the Rev. Joseph P. Donahue of St. Thomas’ Seminary, Bloomfield; and subdeacon, the Rev. William E. McGrath, also of St. Thomas’; Master of Ceremonies will be ;Joseph Hamernick and Thurifer, John O’Connor.

“The sermon will be delivered by the Rev. Harold F. Daly of St. Thomas’ Seminary, Bloomfield.

“Rev. Mr. Nagle is a graduate of the Immaculate Conception School in Hartford, and received his Minor Seminary training at St. Thomas’ Seminary. He completed his undergraduate and graduate philosophical studies as a Basselin Scholar in Catholic University, Washington, D.C. He also studied theology at the Theological College at Catholic University.

“During the current year he was a prefect at St. Thomas’ in Bloomfield, where he completed his studies.”

 

May 27, 1949: Two Ordained as Catholic Priests:”The Rev. William A.  Nagle of Stamford and the Rev. James F. Tomney of Cos Cob were among 33 young men who were ordained priests of the Roman Catholic Church yesterday by the Most Rev. Henry J. O’Brien, Bishop of Hartford, in the largest single ordination ceremony in the history of the diocese.”

“More than 3,000 persons witnessed the two-an-a-half hour ceremony at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hartford. Bishop Henry J. O’Brien instructed those to be ordained: ‘as you are now about to be consecrated to the office of the priesthood, endeavor to receive it worthily, and when you have received it, to fulfill its duties blamelessly.”

“Those ordained were prostrated before the altar as the choir of St. Thomas Seminary sang the Litany of the Saints. Each was vested with the stole and chasuble of the priestly office, and anointed with holy oil. They joined in the celebration of the Mass, received Holy Communion, and turned to the congregation to impart their blessing to the crowded cathedral.”

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

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

 Marriage

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

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

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

 

Devotions

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

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

 

St John’s Bookstore Hours

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

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

 

                

 

Credo, “I Believe….”

                                                                                        Fr Terry Walsh 

             As part of the “Church Militant” – that is – we the Church on Earth who are fighting against sin and temptation, our banner is the Cross and our “Fight Song” is the Creed: the Apostles Creed, which of course is our earliest declaration of Faith, as well as the Nicene Creed, which comes to us through the Church Magisterium. The Creed is our ‘Profession of Faith.’ We read in the letter to the Hebrews, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” It is a precious gift that grows through our cooperation with the Holy Spirit.

 

           Notice the Trinitarian nature of the Creed: we begin by professing our faith in God the Father, then declare our faith in God the Son, and finally we confess our faith in the Holy Spirit. The Catechism teaches us, “The first part speaks of the First divine Person and the wonderful work of creation; the next speaks of the Second divine Person and the mystery of his redemption of men; the final part speaks of the Third divine Person, the origin and source of our sanctification.”(ccc190). “Faith is first of all a personal adherence of man to God. At the same time, and inseparably, it is a free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed…For a Christian, believing in God cannot be separated from believing in the One he sent, his ‘beloved Son,’ in whom the Father is ‘well pleased.’…One cannot believe in Jesus Christ without sharing in His Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who reveals to man who Jesus is…we believe in the Holy Spirit because He is God”(ccc150ff).

 

Faith is a gift that God infuses into our souls at Baptism, that moment when we make our very 1st profession of Faith. At the same time, God infuses the virtues of hope and charity. These 3 “Theological Virtues” are nourished through our free cooperation with the Grace of God, which we receive ordinarily and most abundantly through the Sacraments. Then of course it is a matter of our “practicing” the faith – putting what we believe into action, or as St. Paul says, “faith working through love” – our acts of kindness and mercy, our prayer life, reading Sacred Scripture in order to come to know the Heart of God, and so on. Our declaration of our faith each Sunday during the Liturgy of the Holy Mass just after having been nourished by the Word and just before being nourished by the Eucharist is a great act of faith. We profess our faith in God as an act of Love. The more we practice our faith, the greater will be our understanding. “The same Holy Spirit constantly perfects faith by His gifts, so that Revelation may be more profoundly understood. In the words of St. Augustine, ‘I believe in order to understand; and I understand, the better to believe’”(ccc158).  In speaking about the Creed, St. Ambrose said: “This Creed is the Spiritual seal, our heart’s meditation and an ever-present guardian; it is, unquestionably, the treasure of our soul.” St. Jerome cautions us:  “Ignorance of the Scriptures is Ignorance of Christ!” In order to come to know the heart of God, to grow in faith and understanding of His love for us and the relationship we are called to share in, we need to open up the Scriptures and let the Word of God penetrate our hearts. “Just as the mustard seed contains a great number of branches in a tiny grain,” says St. Cyril of Jerusalem, “so too this summary of faith encompassed in a few words the whole knowledge of the true religion contained in the Old and New Testaments.”  As we grow in our faith, our “fight Song” will take on a greater meaning in our hearts and we will live it more profoundly in the circumstances of our daily lives. It’s a matter of habit…..

Sunday May 10, 2009   $ 10,075.23

 

Sunday May 11, 2008   $ 12,518.03

 

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 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