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  • The readings for this Sunday may be found in: Catholic Community Hymnal in Section 622

    Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / C

    July 13 - 21 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Saturday 5:00 Erin Babineau

    RB Parents Sunday

    7:30 Grace Antolini RB Sister

    9:00 Anthony Pagano RB Wife

    10:30 Peggy, Debbie & Peter Francis RB Family

    12:00 James Donahue RB Steve & Mary Ellen D’Amato

    Monday 8:00 Bernice Buchmir

    RB Brian Buchmir & Family Tuesday

    8:00 Beverly DeGiralamo RB Family

    Wednesday 8:00 Sandy Hovan

    RB Mary Malyska Thursday

    8:00 Angela Girotto RB Julio & Maria Duque

    Friday 8:00 Mary Ellen Wynne

    RB Family Saturday

    8:00 All Parishioners Living and Deceased 5:00 Stephen Scherback

    RB Wife Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Sunday 7:30 Joseph Malisek

    RB Family 9:00 Donna Piccirillo, 15th Anniversary

    RB Mother 10:30 Bill Mulligan

    RB Alberti & Sweeney Families 12:00 Seery, Schreibert & Nemec Families

    RB Family

    Church Renovation Update - The interior renovation of our church has begun and is on schedule. The church will be closed until early October. Dur- ing the renovation, all Masses will be held in the Par- ish Center which will be open during the day for per- sonal prayer. Confessions will be held in the Kindergar- ten classroom. The Adoration Chapel will remain open during the renovation and please access the chapel by the outside door. This is a very exciting time for our par- ish, and we ask for your prayers for the timely and suc- cessful completion of our beautiful new church interior. Thank you again to the many parishioners who contrib- uted to the renovation fund and for making these reno- vations possible.

    Fr. Francis Xavier Bilung from India - For the past six months, the Diocese of Bridgeport has been processing a visa for Fr. Francis, a priest of the Diocese of Simdega, India. Fr. Francis is from the same diocese as our own Fr. Birendra, and we are expecting him to be assigned to St. Mark’s Parish as a second parochial vicar, as soon as his visa application process is completed; he can make arrangements to travel to the U.S. Fr. Francis has been ordained for seven years and serves as a high school chaplain in his home diocese. Please keep Fr. Francis in your prayers as he makes this important transition from the life of a priest in India to an American parish. While we wait for Fr. Francis to ar- rive, please welcome Fr. Patrick Sawie, a priest from Liberia, who is assigned for the summer months at the Cathedral of St. Augustine. Fr. Sawie will be helping us at St. Mark’s with masses and confessions during our priests’ summer vacation. I know that you will welcome these priests with the same warm hospitality so charac- teristic of our parishioners.

    Parish Nurses - We would like to congratulate our parish nurses and parishioners, Chris Pfeiffer and Anne Vigeant, for completing the St. Vincent’s Medical Center’s Parish Nurse Orientation. Chris and Anita were instrumental in restarting our parish nurse program. Over 30 volunteer nurses and recorders help with the pro- gram on the third weekend of the month! Stop by this weekend and get a reading and say hello! The parish nurses are located in the corridor off the foyer of the Parish Center.

    Co-Op Mission Next Sunday - Welcome Fr. John Satone, C.S.C. a Holy Cross Priest to our par- ish. Fr. Satone, a native of Waterbury, will speak to us about his congregations’s mission work in Peru. Each year we have the opportunity to hear directly from a first-hand witness missionary. Thank you for your gen- erous reponse to this diocesan collection.

    Fr. Sawie Needs a Ride - Fr. Sawie needs a ride from and to St. Augustine’s Rectory when he says Mass at our parish; if you are able to help drive him, please call Susan in the Parish Office at 203-377-0444.

  • For your summer reading...

    Science Still Can’t Explain the Shroud of Turin For those who believe, no explanation is necessary.

    For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible.

    Even with modern scientific technology, the Shroud of Turin continues to baffle researchers. Barrie Schwortz was the documenting photographer for the Shroud of Turin research project in 1978, an in-depth examination of what many people believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus. Raised in an Orthodox Jewish home, “it took me a long time to come to terms with the fact that I’m a Jew and involved with probably the most important relic of Christian- ity,” Schwortz told the Catholic News Service. “Isn’t it funny how God always picks a Jew to be the messenger,” he said. Schwortz said that he, along with the other members of the research team who came from various faith backgrounds, had to set aside personal beliefs and focus on the shroud itself rather than any religious implication it might carry. “We were there to gather information ... to do empirical science and do it to the best of our abilities,” Schwortz said. “It doesn’t have anything to do with my personal religious beliefs. It has to do with the truth.”

    The Shroud of Turin is a 14-foot linen that has a full-length photonegative image of a wounded man on the front and back of the cloth. The scientific team spent five days analyzing the chemical and physical properties of the shroud, paying special attention to the topographical information showing depth that was encoded in the light and dark shading of the cloth. “Our team went to Turin to answer one simple question: How was the image formed?” Schwortz said. “Ultimately, we failed. “We could tell you what it’s not — not a painting, not a photograph, not a scorch, not a rubbing — but we know of no mechanism to this day that can make an image with the same chemical and physical properties as the image on the shroud.”

    Testing has been performed on the shroud since the initial analyses, and the results continue to be con- tested. In 1988 carbon testing dated the cloth to the 12th century, leading many to conclude that the shroud is a medieval forgery. In a paper published in 2005, chemist Raymond Rogers, member of the 1978 research team, challenged the claim that the shroud is a fake. He said the sample used in the 1988 carbon testing was a piece used to mend the cloth in the Middle Ages and that the methodology of the testing was erroneous. Even though the controversy over the origin of the cloth does not seem like it will be determined any time soon, Schwortz said the shroud can still be regarded as a bridge between science and faith. “I think the implication of the shroud, for those particularly of the Christian faith, is that this is a document that precisely coincides with the Gospel account of what was done to the man Jesus,” he said.

    Schwortz said the public online technical database — — that the team created should be used as a tool to learn more about the physical attributes of the shroud, but that individuals should draw their own conclusions about what it means for their faith. “People often ask me, ‘Does this prove the resurrection?’” Schwortz said. “The shroud did not come with a book of instructions. So the answer to faith isn’t going to be on that piece of cloth, but more likely in the eyes and the hearts of those who look upon it.”

    Proper Posture During the Eucharistic Prayer Without Kneelers - Please be advised that the proper posture is to stand during the Eucharistic Prayer when there are no kneelers. All parishioners are asked to STAND from the end of the Holy, Holy, Holy until Communion time, and to make a REVERENT BOW at the elevation of the Sacred Host and the Sacred Chalice. Those who find standing to be a hardship may sit. Thank you.

  • Our Stewardship of Treasure Readings for the Week of July 14

    Bob Haborak, Fedare Hrinak, Jeff Mastroni, Barbara Manning, Julie Koloules, Bob Wargo, Mark Burry, Jose Millet, Kathy Skinner,Diane Vanderwaylan, Matthew Freetas, Caroline DiRiusso, Toni Stabile, Kathleen Hampton, Shirley Fenn, Michael Howard, Katie Bleekrod, Mary King, Christina Alterio, Evelyn Garafolo, Andy Yankowski, Carol Gay, Elaine Hauge, David Gallo, Julia Sellers, Emma Cannon, Mary Kahanec, Lillian Butler, Michael Hostetter, Jr., Rachel Maietto, Joan Watkins, Marilyn Lonzenski, Mark Bensen, Florence Steele, Yvonne Wilson, Henry Pawley, Marie Pfrommer, Martha Reynolds, Samantha Frattarola, Claire Hromjak, Eddie Corcoran, Bette Stumpp, Mike Czech, Arlene Zayas, Spencer Grady, Eleanor Cornese, Lee Everetts, Frank Vitucci, Sr., Terri Nardone, Cayden Morin, Felizardo Cipriano, Connie Dezso, Chelsea Wheeler, Andrea Timchak, Will- iam Flynn, Mark Morreale, Michael McLoughlin, Gary Iadarola, Donna Bizak, John Semosky, Alex Convertito, Edward Recupero, Daniel Marzella, Quinn Faerdy, Linda Bates, Douglas Selmont, Elmer Klosterman, Anthony DeLarosa, Mike Paternoster, Lisa Sinise, Abigail Feehan, Mike White, Bob Marchetti, Pete Deyo, Janet Tolomeo, Joan Bershefsky, Jane Arbisi, Vincent Guccione, Jerry Hopeck, Gina Raucci, Shelley Macaluso, Ellie Kavanaugh, Anne Fahy, Lisa Whitaker, John Hoffman, Fanny DeRose, Joe Greene, Tony Martello, Stephen Yachymczyk, Terri Moots, Sara Chmielewski, Patricia Russell, Mar- garet Rafferty, Melissa Crocco, Ericka Janosko, Maddy Salveson, James Myer, Jean Radomski, Alice Gruninger, Robert Volpe, Viola DeRosa, Barbara Galli, Mary Seery, John S. Falzone, Thomas Dalton, Debbie Parisiau, William Turner, Anne Dattilo.

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    ADORERS NEEDED FOR ALL “X” and “1” HOURS! X = NO Adores Scheduled, but needed (1 = One Adorer Scheduled) (2 = 2 scheduled) C = Chapel CLOSED (for now) Update: Dec 11, 2012 Please call Gary Tennyson at 203-953-1200 or Scott Goodfellow at 203-394-2248 or Email to if you wish to volunteer or change your hour or have any questions or concerns.

    Adoration Chapel Schedule

    Sunday: Dt 30:10-14/Col 1:15-20/Lk 10:25- 37

    Monday: Ex 1:8-14, 22/Mt 10:34—11:1 Tuesday: Ex 2:1-15a/Mt 11:20-24 Wednesday: Ex 3:1-6, 9-12/Mt 11:25-27 Thursday: Ex 3:13-20/Mt 11:28-30 Friday: Ex 11:10—12:14/Mt 12:1-8 Saturday: Ex 12:37-42/Mt 12:14-21 Next Sunday: Gn 18:1-10a/Col 1:24-28/Lk 10:38-


    Adoration Chapel - The Adoration Chapel will remain open during the upcoming Church Renovations.

    New regular adorers are always welcome. Please call Gary or Scott at numbers below to sign up for an hour.

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    Second Collection this weekend is the Monthly Collection which helps toward the extraordinary ex- penses of the parish. Thank you for your generosity.

    Budget for this Week $12,000. June 7, 2013 $ 9,119. June 8, 2012 $10,107. July 14, 2013 $ 9,794. July 15, 2013 $ 9,372. Annual, 2013 $36,451. Annual, 2012 $42,560.

    Lydia Kurimsky Julia Timmons Robert Tyrrell

    “…go and do likewise.” Luke 10:37

    This was Jesus’ simple command to all of us at the end of the Good Samaritan story. How do we do “likewise?” By sharing our skills. By reaching into our pockets when financial help is needed. By taking the time to help when we are needed, not when it’s convenient for us.

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    Defending Our Religious Liberty It is worth repeating that the federal health care mandate does not exempt Catholic charities, schools, universities or hos- pitals. These institutions are vital to the mission of the Church and all of the people we serve, but the adminis- tration does not deem them “religious employers” de- serving conscience protection. This stipulation violates religious freedom guaranteed to every American under the First Amendment. Please voice your opposition to the federal health care mandate, by calling the Capitol switchboard in Washington, D.C. at 202-224-3121 and ask for your Congressmen or Congresswoman and/or U.S. Senators. Ask them to support legislation that will overturn the mandate.

    Volunteers Needed for Merton House: Additional volunteers are needed for serving meals at Merton House. St. Mark’s serves the second Monday of the month, the next Thursday and the following Wednesday from 10:30 to 1:30. Each volunteer can serve as little as once a month. Contact Deacon Paul at 203- 378-8025 or at

    Confirmation 2013 - will be held on Friday, November 8th, at 7 PM. Our pastor, Fr. Don, will administer the sacrament while the diocese is still with- out a bishop. Eighth grade religious education students will receive a letter with details at a later date. If you plan on being confirmed, but did not attend 8th Grade R.E. classes, please call Mrs. Nettleton at 377-3158 to make arrangements.

    Men for Christ Early Risers Men’s Group will meet on Saturday, July 13th, in the Church Hall from 7:00 to 7:55 AM. Questions, please call Joe Koletar 203- 380-1594. Please take note of change of place.

    St Mark Girls Basketball Camp - This year we will not be having our annual Girls Basketball Camp due to the Church renovation. We hope to plan our next camp for August 2014. Please call Walt Brown 203- 377-3987, if you have any questions.

    St. Ann Concert Series - Family Friendly; Bring a Picnic and your lawn chair or blanket! Tuesdays, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, on St. Ann Field in lovely Black Rock: 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport. Featuring: July 30 - An Evening of Show Tunes, performed by Fairfield School of Music Students. August 6 - Irish Fusion by The MacTalla Mor Duo. August 13 - Jazz Performance by Joe Kiernan and Friends. August 20 - Bluegrass Night with The Bedlam Brothers. Admission: Suggested Mini- mum Donation of $5.00; Children under 12 enter free.

    Annual Bishop’s Appeal - Thank you to the 439 parish families who supported the Annual Bishop’s Appeal, Beacon of Hope. We are 1% away from meet- ing our parish goal of $130,000. If you can help, we would very much appreciate your ABA gift. The funds from the Appeal do so much good in our diocese and in the community at large.

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    Saint Mark Church Stratford, CT.

    04-0152 wk# 33c Sunday, July 14, 2013 Questions: Call Susan 203-377-0444



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