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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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

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 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

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?