September 30, 2015

A Look at the 2015 Feast of Saint Padre Pio in Glendale, New York

Viva San Pio!
Photos courtesy of Vincent Panicola
Thank you Vincent Panicola for sharing your wonderful photos from Sunday's (Sept. 27th) Feast of Saint Padre Pio in Glendale, New York.
Departing Saint Pancras RC Church (72-22 68th St., Glendale, NY)
Adorable Angels gather outside Saint Pancras Church
Our pal Vincent Panicola carried the
St. Joseph and St. Pio Prayer Group standard
The procession makes its way through the neighborhood
There's always a terrific turnout for Padre Pio! Members of the Circolo Santa Margherita di Belice, Associazione Cattolica Italiana di Miraculous Medal, Societa Concordia Partanna, and Knights of Columbus were among the celebrants
(Above and below) Little ones enjoying the festivities
The children show their appreciation for New York's Bravest
Devotees festively decorated their houses along the procession route
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Feast of Sant’Amato di Nusco Vescovo

Viva Sant'Amato!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
September 30th is the Feast Day of Sant’Amato di Nusco Vescovo, citizen and first Bishop of Nusco, Avellino. Invoked against earthquakes and other natural disasters, many miracles and healings have been attributed to Nusco’s beloved patron. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a Prayer to Sant’Amato.* The accompanying photo was taken at the Società Sant’Amato di Nusco clubhouse in Long Island City, New York.
Orazione a Santo Amato
O glorioso Santo Amato, che in tempi di tenebre splendesti di sanità nella tua patria e la sollevasti a nuovi costumi e nuova vita civile, deh! stendi su tutti i tuoi devoti l'opera tua benefica.
Tu avvisasti nel tuo popolo il fervore della fede e della pietà cristiana, Tu fosti sollievo negli affanni, scampo nei pericoli, e Tu conserva ognora all'ombra tua il popolo del tuo acquisto e quanti invocano il tuo nome benedetto.
O padre e Pastore della tua Nusco spira nei cuori la carità, che ti accese verso il tuo gregge, sicché, amandoci in terra, possiamo esser insieme con Te cittadini in cielo.
* Prayer courtesy of the Saint Amato Society of Long Island City, New York

September 29, 2015

Feast of the Archangels

The Archangel Michael smiting Satan
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
September 29th is the Feast Day of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. In celebration I'm posting The Saint Michael Prayer.(*) The accompanying photo of Saint Michael the Archangel smiting Satan was taken at Santa Rosalia–Regina Pacis Parish (1224 65th St.) in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn.
The Saint Michael Prayer
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Divine Power of God, cast into hell, Satan and all the evil spirits who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.
(*) The Saint Michael Prayer, reprinted from Our Catholic Prayers

Congratulations Achille Pirro

September 27, 2015

Italo Albanian Greek Catholic Divine Liturgy in Honor of Saints Cosma and Damiano at Most Precious Blood Church, New York City

Saints Cosma and Damiano
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
On Sunday, October 4 at 10:00 a.m., there will be celebrated an Italo Albanian Greek Catholic Divine Liturgy at Most Precious Blood Church, 109 Mulberry Street (bet. Canal and Hester Streets.) in the Little Italy section of Lower Manhattan, sponsored by the Sts. Cosmas and Damian Society in honor of their patron saints. The society is composed of immigrants and the descendants of immigrants from the town of San Cosma Albanese in Calabria, Italy. San Cosmo, is one of the many communities formed in Southern Italy by Albanian Christian refugees in the 15th century seeking to escape the conquest and persecution of the Ottoman Turks. To the present day, a distinct Italo Albanian culture continues in parts of Southern Italy, with communities that retain many unique customs and dress, ancient Albanian language and Byzantine Christianity. The Italo Albanian Rite posses two Eparchies in Italy at Lungro in Calabria and Piana degli Albanesi, in Sicily, as well as the famous Monastery of Grottaferrata outside Rome. Their priests can marry and their liturgical language was Greek up until the time of the Second Vatican Council.
The 1923 society standard
Between 1904 and 1946, the Italo Albanian immigrants to New York possessed a parish, Our Lady of Grace, which existed out of a Lower Manhattan store front, due to the community's poverty. The parish was under the care of the Italo Albanian immigrant priest, Papas Ciro Pinnola, who worked under the auspices of the Archdiocese of New York, American not having an Italo Albanian Greek Catholic Eparchy of its own. Upon Father Pinnola's death in 1946, the New York Archdiocese failed to procure an Italo Albanian Greek rite priest from Italy for the parish, which due to this fact, closed the parish.
In other major American cities in which they settled, Italo Albanian Greek Catholics were absorbed into Italian national Latin Rite parishes. Plans of forming their own parishes, with the exception of Manhattan, never came to fruition due to the poverty of these immigrant communities and the apparent disinterest of American Latin Rite bishops.
Italian American Catholics of Italo Albanian descent have begun working in recent years to reclaim their spiritual heritage. A renewed Italo Albanian Greek Catholic Society of Our Lady of Grace was formed in New York to promote the Rite in the North East, a parish, Our Lady of Wisdom, was formed in Las Vegas under the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix, and occasional Liturgies have been celebrated in New Orleans.
In this spirit, the Sts. Cosmas and Damian Society has decided this year, on the occasion of the their patrons' celebration, to forgo the annual Latin rite Mass held at Most Precious Blood and instead return to their ancestral tradition and sponsor the Divine Liturgy according to the Byzantine Rite. Rt. Rev. Economos Romanos V. Russo will serve the liturgy in English (at the society's request) assisted by Subdeacon Alexei Woltornist and Psaltes Patrick Foley. This is a very rare opportunity to experience the Italo Albanian Rite that should not be missed.

September 26, 2015

Feast of Saints Cosimo and Damiano

Saints Cosimo and Damiano
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
September 26th is the Feast Day of Saints Cosimo and Damiano, patrons of physicians and surgeons. Widely venerated across southern Italy, they are the principal patrons of Riace (RC), Ginosa (TA), Sferracavallo (PA), Roccascalegna (CH) and Carbonara di Nola (NA), among others. To commemorate the occasion, I'm posting a Prayer to Saints Cosmas and Damian. The accompanying photo of the martyrs was taken at Most Precious Blood Church (109 Mulberry Street), the national shrine of San Gennaro, located in New York City's historic Little Italy.
Prayer to Saints Cosmas and Damian 

O glorious martyrs of Christ, Saints Cosmas and Damian, you gave your lives for the love of God, benefiting your fellow man, and crowning your martyrdom with an open and loyal profession of your faith. You taught us to love God above all things, and to love our fellow man as ourselves, professing always, and without fear, the religion of Jesus. 

Augmenting amongst the faithful populace many miracles, you are glorious indeed. Through your intercession, which brings about deliverance of these miracles, we pray to you for your aid in all things. May your patronage never be far from us in the illness of our body and soul. 

O great protectors, Saints Cosmas and Damian, assist us with your love and free us from all evils. Amen

From the Echoes of Mulberry Street to the First Italian Folk Revival of the 1970s

Lecture and performance by John La Barbera, composer and author of Traditional Southern Italian Mandolin and Fiddle Tunes and Italian Folk Music for Mandolin.

Wednesday, October 7th (6:10pm)

Columbia University in the City of New York
702 Hamilton Hall
116 Street at 1130 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027

Free and open to the public

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September 25, 2015

Opening Night of the First Annual Feast of the Madonna di Montevergine in Dyker Heights

Evviva Mamma Schiavona!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
Last night after work, I stopped by the Knights of Columbus Archbishop John Hughes Council 481 (1305 86th St.) in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn for the opening night of the First Annual Feast of the Madonna di Montevergine. Before entering the bustling fairgrounds, I stopped by the outdoor shrine on the veranda to make a donation and say a prayer. I was happy to learn that every penny donated will be given to the Santuario di Montevergine in Avellino, and that the prayer cards received for the offering were blessed at the sanctuary.

I met several nice people around the shrine, including organizers Antonio and Maria Limone who shared with me their deep and personal devotion to the Blessed Mother and the promise they made Her for answering their prayers.

Naturally, I couldn’t leave without trying the fresh made zeppole and exploring the grounds. Being a school night it started winding down a bit early, but they do have plenty of rides, games and festival foods (cotton candy, potato tornado, etc.) for the kids; I’m sure the weekend will be hopping. After tonight, there’s only two days left to get over there and celebrate.

Thank you Tony and Maria, and all the Knights for organizing this spectacular event. I look forward to Sunday's Procession (Sept. 27th) from the council building (2PM sharp!) to St. Frances Cabrini Church (1562 86th St. at 3PM), where they will carry the sacred image of Mamma Schiavona, complete with honor guard and recorded music (I’m told next year they will start using a festival band). Evviva Maria!
Fourth Degree Knight Antonio Limone by the outdoor shrine
This year's terrific raffle prizes include baskets of wine
Stop by the zeppole stand for dessert
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Compra Sud — Caputo's Fine Foods

Photo by New York Scugnizzo
Let's support those who keep our traditions and folkways alive

Caputo's Fine Foods
460 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 855-8852


Visit our Compra Sud Directory for complete listing

* Our recommendations will be unsolicited, and only from our personal experience. No second hand suggestions will be made.

Announcing the 2015 Festa Della Madonna Del Santo Rosario, San Diego, California

September 24, 2015

Feast of Our Lady of Ransom

Evviva Maria!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
September 24th is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Ransom, also called Our Lady of Mercy (or Madonna della Misericordia). The Feast commemorates the founding of the Mercedarians, a mendicant Order devoted to the redemption of Christian slaves seized by Moslem reavers. Originally celebrated by the friars on August 1 (the night the Blessed Mother appeared to St. Peter Nolasco, prompting him to found the Order in 1218) the Feast was eventually extended to the entire Church by Pope Innocent XII and observed on September 24. The Order is credited with rescuing 70,000 Christian slaves from the Saracens. In celebration, I'm posting a Prayer to Our Lady of Mercy by Saint Augustine. The accompanying photo was taken at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn during the 2015 Festa di Maria SS. della Misericordia, Patroness of Fontanarosa, Avellino.
Prayer to Our Lady of Mercy 
Blessed Virgin Mary, who can worthily repay you with praise and thanks for having rescued a fallen world by your generous consent! Receive our gratitude, and by your prayers obtain the pardon of our sins. Take our prayers into the sanctuary of heaven and enable them to make our peace with God.
Holy Mary, help the miserable, strengthen the discouraged, comfort the sorrowful, pray for your people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God. May all who venerate you feel now your help and protection. Be ready to help us when we pray, and bring back to us the answers to our prayers. Make it your continual concern to pray for the people of God, for you were blessed by God and were made worthy to bear the Redeemer of the world, who lives and reigns forever. Amen.

Announcing the 2015 Festa del Santissimo Crocifisso, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

For more info call (718) 256-7603

September 23, 2015

Feast of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

Painted ceramic of Saint Pio
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
September 23rd is the Feast Day of Saint Padre Pio. In commemoration, I'm posting aPrayer to Saint Pio of Pietrelcina. The accompanying photo was taken in Vietri Sul Mare during my 2010 pilgrimage to Southern Italy.
Prayer to Saint Pio of Pietrelcina
O Glorious Saint Pio, bearing the wounds of Christ you generously accepted your sufferings, and labored faithfully for the good of all souls. Help me to embrace that same attitude of acceptance in my life. With confidence, I ask for your intercession to obtain the grace of (make your request), which I ardently desire. If it is not, however, God's will that this should come to pass, then help me to find serenity and joy in God's choices for me. Amen

September 22, 2015

Evviva San Gennaro!

A Look at the 89th Annual Feast of San Gennaro in New York City's Historic Little Italy
Bust of the Patron Saint of Naples inside Most Precious Blood Church
Photos courtesy of New York Scugnizzo
Saturday, September 19th, I had the great honor and privilege of carrying the statue of our beloved patron San Gennaro through the bustling streets of Little Italy on his feast day. I would like to thank Achille Pirro and Mark Mascioli for making it happen, as well as my fellow lifters for their support and confidence; I had the time of my life! Special thanks to President Joseph Mattone, John Fratta and all the members of the Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. for their hard work and dedication. I look forward to celebrating with you again next year for the 90th Anniversary. Evviva San Gennaro!
(Above and below) The Procession makes its way through Little Italy
Napoli's native son Giuseppe Marrone was all smiles
A great time was had by all
Tears of joy as we pass through the throng of revelers
Thank you officer Danile and all of New York's Finest for doing a great job
(Right) The relic of San Gennaro is carried through the streets. (Left) Sisters from the Russian Catholic Chapel of the Archangel Michael venerate the relic
The Red Mike Festival Band
Outside St. Patrick's Old Cathedral is transformed into Piazza Napoli
Devotees pin donations at the outdoor shrine on Mulberry Street
A close-up of the reliquary
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Also see:
A Look at the 88th Annual Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy, New York City
A Look at NYC’s 87th Annual San Gennaro Feast
A Look at NYC's 2013 San Gennaro Parade
Pix from the 2012 San Gennaro Procession
Pix from the 2012 San Gennaro Parade
A Look at NYC's 85th Annual Feast of San Gennaro
NYC’s 84th Annual Festa di San Gennaro
New York City's Feast of San Gennaro Pictorial

September 21, 2015

Photo of the Week: Dante Alighieri Monument

Dante Alighieri by Tito Angelini in Piazza Dante, Napoli 
Photo by New York Scugnizzo

September 20, 2015

Feast of Santa Cándida Martire

Evviva Santa Cándida!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
September 20th is the Feast Day of Santa Cándida, Virgin and Martyr. Not to be confused with Santa Cándida la Vecchia (celebrated on Sept. 4th in Naples), she is the patroness of fishermen, farmers and Ventotene, an island in the Gulf of Gaeta. According to legend, in the fourth century a group of Christian captives (including the young Cándida) were deported from Carthage to the Isle of Ponza, where they were tortured and put to death. Cast into the sea, her body was discovered on September 20th at the Cala Pozzillo in neighboring Ventotene. 

With the ascension of Charles of Bourbon to the Neapolitan throne, the Pontine Archipelago (Ponza, Ventotene, etc.) was entrusted to him on June 15, 1734 by his mother Elisabetta Farnese. The islands were subsequently colonized with citizens from Campania and in 1774 the Bourbons completed construction of a church dedicated to Santa Cándida. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer to Santa Cándida. The accompanying photo was taken at Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary and Saint Stephen's Church in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
Prayer to Santa Cándida
O Glorious Santa Cándida, Virgin, Martyr and our merciful Patron, I implore your intercession with confidence. Watch with equally pitiful eye my spiritual and physical infirmities. Do not forsake me, listen to the voice of my heart, and give me your help and your protection. Amen.

September 19, 2015

Feast of San Gennaro

Viva San Gennaro!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
September 19th is the Feast Day of San Gennaro, patron saint of Naples. To commemorate the occasion, I'm posting a Prayer to San Gennaro. The accompanying photos were taken at Most Precious Blood Church (109 Mulberry Street), the national shrine of San Gennaro, located in New York City's historic Little Italy.
Prayer to San Gennaro
O Great San Gennaro, valiant athlete of Jesus Christ and Patron Saint of Naples, we have recourse to your powerful intercession, especially during times of disaster! With grateful hearts we acknowledge your constant readiness to help your fellow citizens and those devoted to you in times of need. With the assurance of being heard, we implore you to obtain God's mercy for us. Protect us from the scourge of spreading disbelief. Free us from all evils and dangers that threaten us from every side. May the faith for which you sacrificed your life produce in our midst, through your prayers, the good works which the Lord our God can rightfully expect from His servants. Amen

September 18, 2015

It's a Boy! Congratulations Stephen and Donna Napoli on the Birth of Your Little Bundle of Joy

Baby Stephen was born August 1, 2015 at 4:24 PM 
He's 19 inches long and weighs 6 Pounds, 9 Ounces
May God bless your family with health and happiness.

Announcing the 2015 Feast of the Madonna Del Lume, San Diego, California

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September 17, 2015

Evviva Maria!

A Look at the 8th Annual Festa della Madonna Addolorata in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Evviva Maria!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Sunday, September 13th, I joined members of the Associazione Culturale Pugliese Figli Maria S.S. Addolorata at Saint Athanasius Church in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, for the 8th Annual Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, Patroness of Mola di Bari.
Festivities kicked-off with a moving rendition of "Ave Maria" (Left),
 while revelers get ready to release balloons and confetti (right)
An explosion of confetti greets the Madonna outside Saint Athanasius Church 
Last year's Grand Marshals Chiarina and Mario Colella join
2015 Grand Marshals Stephen, Lucia and Salvatore La Rocca
Kiara Nicastro (Left), dressed as the Madonna Addolorata, and 
Christina Nardulli 
(right)Regina of the Association, were all smiles
Our friends from the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Fraternal Society
Peter, Ennio, Joe and Elizabeth show their support
The Procession departs Saint Athanasius Church
and makes its way through the neighborhood
Plenty of pomp and pageantry
Members sing and pray as they march
(Above and below) Outdoor shrines were set up along the procession's route 
Thank you Josephine DiDonna, Lucrezia Nardulli, JoAnn Marinelli, and all the members of the society for your hard work and dedication
After about three hours, we make our way back to the church 
The Procession saunters down 60th Street 
Michael Aromando and The Metropolitan Festival Band
Back at St. Athanasius, members pose for a picture
After Mass, our ladies sing one more hymn to Our Lady
Devotees pray before the statue
We return the statue to the ornately decorated chapel 
The celebration lasted into the night with plenty of food, music and dancing 
What is it about Neal Diamond's "Sweet Caroline"
that gets everybody dancing?
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Also see:
Bensonhurst, Brooklyn's 7th Annual Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows in Pictures
A Look at the 6th Annual Festa di Maria SS. Addolorata, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Saint A's Christmas Extravaganza