July 27th, 2014: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ~ JULY 27, 2014

Sunday Scripture Meditation: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12; Romans 8:28-30; Matthew 13:44-52

With great joy, God sacrificed His greatest treasure, His Son, in order to bring us to Himself. Such a high price shows us how deeply He wants us to belong to Him. It’s only when God’s kingdom is revealed that we will be fully unveiled. God sees the beauty in all of us and He rejoices in it.

                                                                                                Reprinted with the permission of The Word Among Us, 2014            

CELEBRATION OF MASSES THIS WEEK

Sat…7/26    4:30pm + JEAN KILLORAN ~ Daughter, Jeanne Buynak
Sun
.7/27    7:30am +
JOHN DZURIK ~ Mrs. Lou Zemancik

                   9:00am +JANET & +MICHAEL PUGLISI ~ The Family                                    

                  11:00am +ANNA & +JOSEPH ADESKI ~ The Family                                              

MON…      7:30am   +HELEN MIKLOS ~ Frank & Margaret Davidowski  

TUES…       7:30am   +MICHAEL HOVANEC ~ Mary Ann & Joseph Petreycik

WED …      7:30am   +JOHN DZURIK ~ Sara Me Kejeittov

THUR ..      7:30am +ROY WILLIAMS ~ Mr & Mrs Richard Marus

FRI ….        7:30am +REV. MSGR. FRANK WISSEL ~ Loc Dot

SAT …        8:00am +KENNETH WITALIS ~ Mr & Mrs Richard Lavery

           8/2   4:30pm    FOR THE INTENTIONS OF TED & MARY BEDNARCZYK ~ Anna Marticek

SUN ..8/3   7:30am +GEORGE FUCHS ~ Wife, Dorothy & Daughter, Gail

                   9:00am +AUGUSTIN PETRUS ~ Mr & Mrs Larry Wells and Family

               11:00am +LOUISE SMITH ~ The Silhavey Family


 

We send our SYMPATHY and assurance of prayers to the family of MARY LIPOVSKY.

 

Weekly Offertory 7-20-14: $4,452.00

Co-Op Sunday: $1,599.75

Thank you for your generosity.  

 

This Week in our Parish:

MON: 7:30am Mass and Novena Prayers

 

PRAYER CORNER: Please pray for the good health of Nicholas Colazzo, the DeFazio Family, Kevin Hood, Irene Koripsky, David Petreycik, Rose Re, T.J. Recupido, Jacqueline Rios, Bill Roman Sr., Ramona Rosado, Helen Wargo, and other parishioners who may be in the hospital, convalescent homes or homebound at this time.

 

Our Parish Nurses will be available at the Hall next weekend for Blood Pressure screening, for approximately ½ hour after the Saturday 4:30 Mass, and the Sunday 7:30, 9:00 and 11:00am Masses. Stop in at the hall to check on your pressure or consult the nurses if you have any health or medication concerns.

 

GIANT TAG SALE – September 6 & 7, in the parish hall. We will start collecting items earlier than we had first planned. The box for donated jewelry will be in the sacristy hallway from this weekend on. Other tag sale items can be dropped off to the ramp at the driveway side of the parish hall. There will be a blue tarp to cover items in case of rain. So please check your closets, attic, toy chests, garage and storage areas for items that are in good condition, that you no longer need, and   donate them for the sale. We welcome all donations of books, movie videos, cds, dvds, luggage, men’s tools, glassware, dishes & kitchen ware, as well as small appliances, toys, puzzles & games (all parts included), frames, jewelry, baby & holiday items, and knick-knacks. Please do not bring any Air Conditioners, Exercise Equipment or Clothing! And, please help us by cleaning the items before you donate! Volunteers are asked to email Mary Ann Wells at maw0457@yahoo.com or phone 203-375-2836 as soon as possible. You are needed and are greatly appreciated even if you can only give one or two hours of your time.

 

Faith and Your Family:

Great Catholic families listen for holy moments. The prophet Elijah expected to hear the voice of God in the roaring storm, or the wind, or the earthquake, or the fire – but he is surprised when God’s voice comes in the silence after the storm, in a mere whisper. This is how God talks to us today in the middle of our busy family life. It is important to pause and notice the holy moments, perhaps at bedtime or in the car, when we share our true selves with one another and genuinely enjoy each other’s presence, those moments which also help us enjoy God’s presence in our lives. Turn down life’s noise, and give moments of grace the chance to break through.

 

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES at St. Ann’s Field, 481 Brewster St., Bpt. with local Jazz Ensemble ‘Joe Kiernan Trio’ on Tues, July 29 from 6-8pm. Rain date July 30 same time. Bring a picnic, wine, lawnchair, Frisbee, family & friends! $5pp, children under 12 admission free.

 

OPEN ENROLLMENT: St. James School still has open enrollment for all grades Pre-K-8 for the 2014-2015 school year. If you are interested in visiting the school or have any questions, please call the school office at 203-375-5994 or visit our website at stjamesstratford.org

 

Married couples are needed by the Diocese of Bridgeport, to help facilitate its Marriage Preparation Program as joyful witnesses to the blessings and challenges of living the vocation of marriage. Complete training   and a stipend are provided. Please contact Angela Mantero, Director of Marriage and Family, at amantero@diobp.org or 203-416-1627.

 

Christ the Redeemer Council is running two cruises in 2015: Mar. 1-8 to the Bahamas & Florida, Sept. 19-26 Canada & New England. Prices include RT transportation to port, and range from $890-$1445. Call John Benard, 203-877-2737 for flier.

 

EVANGELIZATION CORNER

The reign of God, sown like an insignificant seed at the burial of Jesus, a carpenter, a wandering rabbi, a condemned criminal, has grown into a tree whose branches embrace the cosmos and all that is in it through His Resurrection. His name, known first to only a handful of followers, is praised by people of every race and nation.  

 

 

Defending Our Religious Liberty #123

Several civil suits around the country focusing on the federal health care mandate and freedom of religion have been decided. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma was among them. In early June, the ruling rendered stated that members of the Catholic Benefits Association (which includes eight Catholic organizations) were exempt from the Affordable Care Act. Let’s continue our quest for religious freedom by making our voices heard. If you haven’t done so already, please voice your opposition to the mandate by calling President Obama at the White House at 202-456-1111 or the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell at 202-205-5445. Let them know that the mandate is in violation of our First Amendment right to religious freedom.

 

SUMMER LEGO CAMP:   St. James School will hold a Lego Camp the week of Aug. 18–22 in the school cafeteria. The cost is $150 for the week for 3 hours. There is a morning session for grades K-2, and afternoon grades 3-5. Call the school office at 203-375-5994 for more information, or visit our website at stjamesdstratford.org and download an application.

 

PARISH CALENDAR: In an effort to avoid conflicting schedules during September, 2014 – August, 2015, all parish organizations are asked to submit a calendar (including dates, times, and places) for all meetings and functions that they are planning, to the parish office no later than August 10, 2014.

 

“As the family goes, so goes the nation, and so goes the whole world in which we live ~ Blessed John Paul II

 

July 20th, 2014: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ~ JULY 20, 2014

Sunday Scripture Meditation: Wisdom 12:13, 16-19; Romans 8:26-27; Matthew 13:24-43

If you remember nothing else about St. Paul, remember he loved to talk about the Holy Spirit! He tells us that beyond all the points he has made so far, the Holy Spirit is also an intimate and compassionate friend. Keep in mind that the Spirit of God makes intercession for us and our heavenly Father hears and answers the prayers of the Holy Spirit.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reprinted with the permission of The Word Among Us, 2014

 

CELEBRATION OF MASSES THIS WEEK

Sat…7/19    4:30pm +MICHAEL BUDA ~ The Lemieux Family

Sun..7/20    7:30am +IDA MARIE PETROVICS ~ Karen & Katelyn Wilson

                   9:00am +STELLA & +MORTON TWISS ~ The Family                                    

                  11:00am +ADOLF RYBINSKI ~ Daughter and Family                                             

MON…      7:30am   +HERMINA HOVANEC ~ Mr & Mrs Alex Zhao

TUES..         7:30am   +KRISTINA KMETZ ~ Mr & Mrs Joseph Goda

WED …      7:30am   +FRANK MASSO (Anniversary) ~ Wife, Sarah

THUR ..      7:30am +MICHAELINE KORNACKI ~ Mr & Mrs Steve Hetes, Jr.

FRI ….        7:30am +MICHAEL HOVANEC ~ Mrs. Steven Hajducky

SAT …        8:00am +JOHN & +ANNA ZAHURSKY ~ Mr & Mrs William Uhelsky                    

           7/26 4:30pm +JEAN KILLORAN ~ Daughter, Jeanne Buynak

SUN ..7/27  7:30am +JOHN DZURIK ~ Mrs. Lou Zemancik

                   9:00am +JANET & +MICHAEL PUGLISI ~ The Family

                 11:00am +ANNA & +JOSEPH ADESKI ~ The Family


 

We send our SYMPATHY and assurance of prayers to the families of DOROTHY KOPCHICK and FRANK MICALIZZI.

 

Weekly Offertory 7-13-14: $3,960

God bless you for your support.

 

This Week in our Parish:

MON: 7:30am Mass and Novena Prayers

 

PRAYER CORNER: Please pray for the good health of Judy Clark, Nicholas Colazzo, the DeFazio Family, Kevin Hood, Irene Koripsky, David Petreycik, Rose Re, T.J. Recupido, Jacqueline Rios, Bill Roman Sr., Ramona Rosado, Helen Wargo, and other parishioners who may be in the hospital, convalescent homes or homebound at this time.

 

THANK YOU, Joseph Gerak, Richard Marus, Thomas Steel and Theresa Yash for your recent contributions to our ANNUAL COLLECTION for 2014.    

 

SAVE THE DATE!! On September 6 & 7, 2014, (corrected date) our GIANT TAG SALE takes place in the parish hall. We would like to start working on any donated jewelry needing minor repair.As of Aug. 2/3, a box will be available for the jewelry in the Sacristy Hallway (near the Shrine stairs); or bring them to the parish office between 9:30am and 4:00pm on regular business days. We need help to make and distribute signs advertising the Sale, and for setups, pricing, sorting and to sell the treasures. Volunteers are needed, and greatly appreciated, even if you can only give one or two hours of your time.   Now is the time to start checking your closets, attic, toy chests, garage and storage areas for items that are in good condition, that you no longer need, and   SAVE THEM for the SALE. We welcome all donations of books, movie videos, cds, dvds, luggage, men’s tools, glassware, dishes & kitchen ware, as well as small appliances, toys, puzzles& games (all parts included), frames, jewelry, baby & holiday items, and knick-knacks. Please do not bring any Air Conditioners, Exercise Equipment or Clothing! And,please help us by cleaning the items before you donate! The starting date to drop off items will be announced later.  

 

Defending Our Religious Liberty #122

The fight for religious freedom is not a Catholic issue, not a Jewish issue, not an Orthodox, Mormon, or Muslim issue. It is an American issue. The passage of the Affordable Care Act has dangerous implications on all religions. If we permit the government to have the final say on what type of health care coverage a religious organization must provide, we are basically enabling them to interfere in all religious liberty concerns in areas such as immigration and humanitarian services. If you haven’t done so already, please voice your opposition to the mandate by calling President Obama at the White House at 202-456-1111 or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at 202-205-5445. Let them know that the mandate is in violation of our First Amendment right to religious freedom.

 

THE SECOND COLLECTION on JULY 29th will be the Co-Operative Mission Collection ~ the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

 

SUMMER LEGO CAMP:   St. James School will hold a Lego Camp the week of August 18th – August 22nd in the school cafeteria. The cost is $150 for the week for 3 hours. There is a morning session for grades K-2, and afternoon Grades 3-5. Please call the school office at 203-375-5994 for more information, or visit our website at stjamesstratford.org and download an application.

 

PARISH CALENDAR: In an effort to avoid scheduling conflicts during September, 2014 – August, 2015, all parish organizations are being asked to submit a calendar (including dates, times, and places) for all meetings and functions that they are planning, to the parish office no later than August 10, 2014.

 

Our weekly BULLETIN is posted on the Bulletin Board on the side of the Parish Hall, by the ramp, near the Sacristy entrance to the Church. The board also contains calendars and notices for and from Parish organizations (Holy Name Men’s Society, Renewal Committee, Ladies Guild, Bereavement Group, Youth & Senior Choirs, Rel Ed classes……..).

EVANGELIZATION CORNER

The reign of God, sown like an insignificant seed at the burial of Jesus, a carpenter, a wandering rabbi, a condemned criminal, has grown into a tree whose branches embrace the cosmos and all that is in it through His Resurrection. His name, known first to only a handful of followers, is praised by people of every race and nation.  

 

2014 Faith & Charity Annual Bishops Appeal: As of July 15, we now have a total of 246 gifts worth $58,560 from our parishioners. God bless you all for your generous support.

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES at St. Ann’s Field, 481 Brewster St., Bpt. with Country Folk music from “Dan Tressler and Friends” on Tues., July 22 from 6-8pm. Rain date is Wed., July 23 same time. Bring a picnic, wine, lawnchair, frisbee – family & friends! $5pp, children under 12 admission free. For more concert listings go to Facebook page “St. Ann Black Rock”.

 

Faith and Your Family

Great Catholic families remember ritual. Family rituals and traditions help us define who we are and what we believe. Praying before and after dinner, lighting the candles at Advent, or singing a special birthday song are a few ways we express the unique bond that is our family. The best of family traditions are passed on for generations as a way for one generation to connect with the next. Also, simple traditions can instantly connect a family that is being pulled in many different directions by life’s obligations. What are some of your family rituals? How can you begin new rituals for your family to foster connections and carry on for generations to come?

 

OPEN ENROLLMENT: St. James School still has open enrollment for all grades Pre-K-8 for the 2014-2015 school year. If you are interested in visiting the school or have any questions, please call the school office at 203-375-5994 or visit our website at stjamesstratford.org

 

We are very grateful to our BULLETIN Sponsors, whose ads are on the back of each week’s issue. Won’t you call them when you have need of their services?

July 13th, 2014 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ~ JULY 13, 2014
Sunday Scripture Meditation: Isaiah 55:10-11; Romans 8:18-23; Matthew 13:1-23
A farmer is very careful during planting season to choose the most fertile land in just the right location, in expectation of a good harvest. Our heavenly Father makes the seed of faith grow and bear fruit by pouring His word on us like a gentle rain. If you want to bear fruit for the Lord, take hold of God’s word and never let it go.

Reprinted with the permission of The Word Among Us, 2014

CELEBRATION OF MASSES THIS WEEK
Sat…7/12 4:30pm +EDWARD TKACIK ~ Marus Family
Sun..7/13 7:30am +BERNARD GONO ~ Dorothy Fuchs and Daughter Gail
9:00am +ALEX TRANQUILLO ~ Wife, Mariantonia
11:00am +JOHN & +ELIZABETH SIMKO ~ The Marus Family
MON… 7:30am +REV. MSGR. FRANK WISSEL ~ Loc Dot
TUES.. 7:30am +LORENZA CASTANEDA ~ Son and Family
WED … 7:30am +JOHN DZURIK ~ Ms. Tiziano Scoccia
THUR .. 7:30am +EMILY OLEYAR ~ Mr & Mrs George Katinger
FRI …. 7:30am +HELEN MIKLOS ~ Mr & Mrs Nick Marro
SAT … 8:00am +PELLEGRINO MILLO & +JAMES DEERING ~ Dtr, Lorraine & Bill Deering
7/19 4:30pm +MICHAEL BUDA ~ The Lemieux Family
SUN ..7/20 7:30am +IDA MARIE PETROVICS ~ KAREN & KATELYN WILSON
9:00am +STELLA & +MORTON TWISS ~ The Family
11:00am +ADOLF RYBINSKI ~ Daughter and Family

 

We send our SYMPATHY and assurance of prayers to the family of PATRICIA IHNAT.

 

Weekly Offertory 7-06-14: $4,773
Monthly Collection: $2,079
Thank you all for your generosity!

 

This Week in our Parish:
MON: 7:30am Mass and Novena Prayers

 

PRAYER CORNER: Please pray for the good health of Judy Clark, Nicholas Colazzo, the DeFazio Family, Kevin Hood, Irene Koripsky, David Petreycik, Rose Re, T.J. Recupido, Jacqueline Rios, Bill Roman Sr., Ramona Rosado, Helen Wargo, and other parishioners who may be in the hospital, convalescent homes or homebound at this time.

 

THANK YOU, Anna Marticek, Dorothy Millo, Margaret Prihoda and Mr & Mrs John Sibiski, for your recent contributions to our ANNUAL COLLECTION for 2014.

 

Faith and Your Family
Great Catholic families make mistakes. While we are created in the image and likeness of God, we are very much human. We let each other down, we fail, we sin. And yet, to thrive as individuals and as a family, we must learn that there is a fine line between making a mistake and believing that you are a mistake. God does not make mistakes. We are each
created with dignity, and we are all special in God’s eyes. Great Catholic families know that shame is hard to undo once it’s done. Even the biggest mistakes require a healthy dose of patience, love and forgiveness in order to ensure that they don’t become weak spots in an otherwise strong family.

 

THE LORD’S KITCHEN: Holy Name of Jesus Parish is scheduled to provide the Wednesday meal at Christ Church, Stratford on THIS WEDNESDAY,  JULY 16th. Monetary donations or gift cards should be sent to our Parish Office or placed in the collection basket during Mass. Please be sure to mark the envelope LORD’S KITCHEN. Checks should be made payable to Holy Name of Jesus Church. Volunteers please contact Armand Majewski, 203-521-5915 or Toni Majewski, 203-520-5117. We Thank you for your support!

 

SAVE THE DATE!! On September 5 & 6, 2014, we will have a GIANT TAG SALE in our Parish Hall. Volunteers are needed, even if you can only give one or two hours. We need help with making & distributing signs to spread the word
(especially if you have connections with the media). Help is needed for setups, pricing, sorting and to sell the treasures on the tag sale days, and any help will be greatly appreciated! Please start saving your treasures that are in good condition only. Check your closets, attic, toy chests, garage and storage “nooks” for gently used items you no longer want, and SAVE THEM for our Tag Sale. Donations of books, movie videos, cds, dvds, luggage, men’s tools, glassware, dishes & kitchen ware, as well as small appliances, toys, puzzles & games (all parts included), frames, jewelry, baby & holiday items, and knick-knacks will be much appreciated. Please do not bring any Air Conditioners, Exercise Equipment or Clothing! And, please help us by cleaning the items before you donate! The starting date to drop off items will be announced later.

 

Defending Our Religious Liberty #121
It is not only religious believers who suffer when religious liberty is trampled. The people served by religious individuals and institutions also suffer. If you haven’t done so already, please voice your opposition to the mandate by calling President Obama at the White House at 203-456-1111 or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at 202-205-5445. Let them know that the mandate is in violation of our First Amendment right to religious freedom.

 

THE SECOND COLLECTION on JULY 29th will be the Co-Operative Mission Collection ~ the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

 

SUMMER LEGO CAMP: St. James School will hold a Lego Camp the week of August 18th – August 22nd in the school cafeteria. The cost is $150 for the week for 3 hours. There is a morning session for grades K-2, and afternoon Grades 3-5. Please call the school office at 203-375-5994 for more information, or visit our website at stjamesstratford.org and download an application.

 

PARISH CALENDAR: In an effort to avoid scheduling conflicts in the coming year (September, 2014 – August, 2015), all parish organizations are being asked to submit a calendar (including dates, times, and places) for all meetings and functions that they are planning, to the parish office no later than August 10, 2014.

 

EVANGELIZATION CORNER
Stony ground is like a stony heart. It is incapable of bringing forth the fruit of the Gospel, which is love. Yet God promises to give us a new heart, the heart of Christ, with which to love as Christ loves. Let us pray for the grace to accept the gift wherever our own hearts have been hardened against God or neighbor.

 

2014 Faith & Charity Annual Bishops Appeal: As of July 8, we now have a total of 245 gifts worth $58,535 from our parishioners. God bless you all for your generosity.

 

TUES, JULY 15: Come and enjoy the music of the Good Night Blue Moon Folk Band at St. Ann’s field, 481 Brewster St., Bpt. at 6-8pm. (Rain date Wed, July 16 same time.) Bring a picnic, wine, lawn chair, family and friends! $5pp, children under 12 admission free.

 

Councils and Synods in Ancient and Modern Times!
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Bishop Caggiano is convoking a diocesan synod. A what? A synod! What is a synod? The word synod comes from the Greek word “synodos” which means “meeting”. The diocesan synod as a canonical institute dates back to the 4th century. Who attends the synod? How long will it last? What are its goals? What is the difference between a synod and a council? Dr. Joan Kelly will explore these and many other questions in preparation for our diocesan synod scheduled to begin on September 29, 2014. As we approach this historical date take the opportunity to renew your understanding of the role of the diocesan synod in the life of the local church.
Time: 10am to 12noon at Notre Dame Catholic High School, 220 Jefferson St., Fairfield. Instructor: Dr. Joan Kelly Cost: $280. It started on July 8 & 10 and continues on July 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31.
To register, phone Gina Donnarummo at 203-416-1446 and mail check made payable to “Office for Pastoral Services” Attn: Gina Donnarummo, 238 Jewett Ave., Bpt., CT 06606. Questions? …. SHARE@diobpt.org

 

 

OPEN ENROLLMENT: St. James School still has open enrollment for all grades Pre-K-8 for the 2014-2015 school year. If you are interested in visiting the school or have any questions, please call the school office at 203-375-5994 or visit our website at stjamesstratford.org

July 6th, 2014: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ~ JULY 6, 2014
Sunday Scripture Meditation: Zechariah 9:9-10; Romans 8:9, 11-13; Matthew 11:25-30
Whether you are at Mass, at prayer, or just talking to Jesus in the midst of your day, don’t settle for the same old routine. Discipleship should be an adventure, so go ahead and ask Him to open your eyes and give you new insights into His stories and His love for you. Today imagine Jesus putting His arms around you and drawing you close to His heart. Hear Him telling you how precious you are to Him.
Reprinted with the permission of The Word Among Us, 2014

CELEBRATION OF MASSES THIS WEEK
Sat…7/5 4:30pm +JOSEPH & +JANE SKOVIRA ~ Marge Prihoda
Sun…7/6 7:30am +FRANK & +HELEN NOVOBILSKI ~ The Family
9:00am +CASPER A. SCALZI ~ The Family
11:00am +SUSAN MARCINOV ~ Daughters, Marge and Dianne
MON… 7:30am +PASQUALINA NICOLAZZO CARUSO & +GABRIEL CARUSO ~ Caterina Caruso and Family
TUES .. 7:30am +LORENZA CASTANEDA ~Son and Family
WED … 7:30am +JOHN DZURIK ~ Mrs. Steve Kohal
THUR .. 7:30am INTENTIONS OF SS.C.M. JUBILARIANS
FRI …. 7:30am +WILLIAM LASHINSKY ~ Mary Ann Salvaggio
SAT … 8:00am +COMMUNITY MASS for the SOULS of the FAITHFUL DEPARTED
7/12 4:30pm +EDWARD TKACIK ~ Marus Family
SUN ..7/13 7:30am +BERNARD GONO ~ Dorothty Fuchs and Daughter Gail
9:00am +ALEX TRANQUILLO ~ Wife, Mariantonia
11:00am +JOHN & +ELIZABETH SIMKO ~ The Marus Family

We send our sympathy and assurance of prayers to the families of ANNA VALKO and KATHLEEN ZELINSKY.

This Week in our Parish:
MON: 7:30am Mass and Novena Prayers

Our PARISH NURSES are available at the parish hall this weekend for Blood Pressure screenings. Stop in and have your Pressure checked or consult the nurse about any health or medication concerns you may have.

PRAYER CORNER: Please pray for the good health of Nicholas Colazzo, the DeFazio Family, Kevin Hood, Irene Koripsky, David Petreycik, Rose Re, T.J. Recupido, Jacqueline Rios, Bill Roman Sr., Ramona Rosado, Helen Wargo, and other parishioners who may be in the hospital, convalescent homes or homebound at this time.

This weekend the Altar Flowers are given in Loving Memory of Susan Marcinov.

Faith and Your Family
Great Catholic families forgive each other (a lot). Jesus commands us to forgive “not… seven times, but seventy times seven.” (Mt 18:22) We teach our kids to take responsibility for their actions, admit when they’re wrong, and apologize. But forgiveness requires an act of faith and trust. Parents: When you’re wrong, admit it and seek forgiveness, even if that means delivering a sincere apology to a toddler. Your kids will see that forgiveness is not automatic and must be sought in order to be received. Children: Forgiveness isn’t a weapon to be wielded; when your parents or your siblings sincerely seek your forgiveness, give it. There is no greater feeling than that of genuine forgiveness wiping a slate clean and allowing a family to start again with one another.

Weekly Offertory 6-22-14: $4,949
6-29-14: $4,439
Peter’s Pence: $1,008.50
God bless you for your support!

ANNUAL BISHOP’S APPEAL: The latest information will not make the deadline for this Bulletin, but we should have the latest figures in time for our Masses on July 5 and 6.

THE LORD’S KITCHEN: Holy Name of Jesus Parish is scheduled to provide the Wednesday meal at Christ Church, Stratford on JULY 16th. Monetary donations or gift cards should be sent to our Parish Office or placed in the collection basket during Mass. Please be sure to mark the envelope LORD’S KITCHEN. Checks should be made payable to Holy Name of Jesus Church. Volunteers please contact Armand Majewski, 203-521-5915 or Toni Majewski, 203-520-5117. We Thank you for your support!

Defending Our Religious Liberty #120
Prayer for Religious Liberty:
Almighty God, Father of all nations, for freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:10. We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty, the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good. Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties. By your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land. We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness, and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, with whom you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever Amen.
If you haven’t done so already, please voice your opposition to the mandate by calling President Obama at the White House at 203-456-1111 or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at 202-205-5445. Let them know that the mandate is in violation of our First Amendment right to religious freedom.

SUMMER LEGO CAMP: St. James School will hold a Summer Lego Camp August 12 – August 22nd in the school cafeteria. There are 2 sessions – one from 9am to Noon for Grades K-2, and 1pm to 4pm for Grades 3-5, with a cost of $150 for the week. Please visit the website at stjamesstratford.org for a registration or call the school office at 203-375-5994.

EVANGELIZATION CORNER
As baptized Christians we are blessed to have the Spirit of God living within us. Let us strive always to be aware of this great grace and allow God to work in us at all times.

THANK YOU to Mrs. Rose Megenis for your recent contribution to our 2014 ANNUAL COLLECTION.

PRE-SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP: St. James School will hold a Summer Camp for preschoolers, ages 3 & 4 for the month of July, starting JULY 7 and ending August 1st. The fee is $135 a week and the camp will run from 9:00am to Noon, Monday – Friday. Please call the school office at 203-375-5994 to register or for more information.

FYI- Our weekly BULLETIN is posted on the Bulletin Board on the side of the Parish Hall, by the ramp, near the Sacristy entrance to the Church. The board also contains calendars and notices for and from Parish organizations (Ladies Guild, Holy Name Men’s Society, Renewal Committee, Youth & Senior Choirs, Rel Ed classes…..).

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES at St. Ann’s field, 481 Brewster St., Bpt. with Irish Sing Along Band ‘Once Removed’ on Tuesday, JULY 8, 6-8pm. (Rain date July 16 same time. Bring apicnic,wine, lawnchair, family and friends! $5pp, children under 12 admission free.

Councils and Synods in Ancient and Modern Times!
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Bishop Caggiano is convoking a diocesan synod. A what? A synod! What is a synod? The word synod comes from the Greek word “synodos” which means “meeting”. The diocesan synod as a canonical institute dates back to the 4th century. Who attends the synod? How long will it last? What are its goals? What is the difference between a synod and a council? Dr. Joan Kelly will explore these and many other questions in preparation for our diocesan synod scheduled to begin on September 29, 2014. As we approach this historical date take the opportunity to renew your understanding of the role of the diocesan synod in the life of the local church. DATES: July 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31. Time: 10am to 12noon at Notre Dame Catholic High School, 220 Jefferson St., Fairfield. Instrucrtor: Dr. Joan Kelly Cost: $280. To register, mail check made payable to “Office for Pastoral Services” Attn: Gina Donnarummo, 238 Jewett Ave., Bpt., CT 06606. 203-416-1446 / SHARE@diobpt.org