July 30, 2016

Canta Napoli a New York

Show off your talent and passion for Neapolitan songs at the Federazione delle Associazioni della Campania USA's first annual amateur talent show

Announcing the 90th Annual Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian in Cambridge, Massachusetts

www.cosmas-and-damian.org

July 29, 2016

Evviva Sant'Anna! A Look at the 106th Annual Feast of Saint Ann in Hoboken, New Jersey

The high altar inside the newly restored St. Ann Church
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
After Mass, Sant'Anna is presented to the expectant crowd
The color guard lead the procession
The roisterous John Duke Band
Members of the St. Ann's Guild show up in force
(Above and below) the procession wends its way through the neighborhood
Members of the Padre Pio Prayer Group show their support
A yard shrine dedicated to Sant'Anna
Truglio's (left) and Mario's Pizza (right) offered refreshments to the participants
(Above and below) Failla Memorial Home handed out watermelon, ice-cream, chocolates, sfogliatelle and prosciutto sandwiches
These little cuties found a shady stoop to keep cool
(Left) Our friends at The Madonna Dei Martiri Society had plenty of delicious focaccia and cold water for everyone. (Right) We took a moment to visit San Corrado di Moletta inside the clubhouse
San Giacomo greets Sant'Anna outside the Monte San Giacomo clubhouse
Donations are pinned on to San Giacomo
San Giacomo joins the Procession
The ladies take over for awhile
After about three hours we return to the church
Sant'Anna and San Giacomo are placed before the altar
Outside the church we met a few of our friends from the Our Lady of the Snow Society and St. Rocco Society of Potenza
Afterward, we joined our pals John and Andrew at the Monte San Giacomo Society clubhouse for some ice-cold beers and their famous roast beef and hot pepper sandwiches
Also see:
A Look at the 105th Annual Feast of Saint Ann in Hoboken, New Jersey
A Look at Hoboken's Madonna Dei Martiti
A Look Inside the Santa Febronia Chapel, Hoboken, New Jersey
A Look at the 104th Annual Feast of Saint Ann, Hoboken, New Jersey

Announcing the 102nd Annual Feast of Saint Joseph in Lodi, New Jersey

www.saintjosephsociety.org

July 28, 2016

"Calabria: The Other Italy" Book Presentation at America-Italy Society of Philadelphia

Thursday, August 18th at 6 PM

America-Italy Society of Philadelphia
1420 Walnut Street, Ste 310, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102

Calabria attracts today’s visitors with stunning landscapes, spectacular ancient art and a mouthwatering culinary tradition. Karen Haid, author of Calabria: The Other Italy and recipient of the Premio Internazionale Calabria, will present the beauties and wonders of this fascinating region at the heart of the Mediterranean and share her experiences living, working and traveling in this oft-neglected area in the toe of the Italian boot.

Please, RSVP at 215 735 3250 or info@aisphila.org
http://www.aisphila.org/

Announcing the 2016 Our Lady of Pierno Mass and Luncheon, Trenton, New Jersey

For more information visit the San Felese Society of New Jersey website at www.sanfelesesocietynj.org

For more on the Feast read "Celebration of the Madonna di Pierno Feast" by Tom Frascella

July 27, 2016

Requiescat in Pace: Fr. Jacques Hamel

Madonna dei martiri, Hoboken, NJ
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
The barbaric slaughter of Father Jacques Hamel during Mass in St.-√Čtienne-du-Rouvray, a suburb of Rouen, Normandy on July 26th was the latest in a spate of Islamic terror attacks. We pray for the victims and their families, but recognize prayer without action will not extirpate this scourge. We must rid ourselves of the corrupt, power hungry madmen who cling to spurious worldviews at our expense. The apologists and cowards need to be held accountable for their treachery.
May Saint Michael, Saint Ouen and Saint Joan of Arc protect and watch over you.
A Prayer to St. Joan of Arc
In the face of your enemies, in the face of harassment, ridicule, and doubt, you held firm in your faith. Even in your abandonment, alone and without friends, you held firm in your faith. Even as you faced your own mortality, you held firm in your faith. I pray that I may be as bold in my beliefs as you, St. Joan. I ask that you ride alongside me in my own battles. Help me be mindful that what is worthwhile can be won when I persist. Help me hold firm in my faith. Help me believe in my ability to act well and wisely. Amen. 
Also see:
A Prayer for Nice
A Prayer for Policemen
A Prayer for Brussels
Solidarité

Feast of San Pantaleone

Viva San Pantaleone!
A would-be executioner kneels in
awe before the impervious saint
By Giovanni di Napoli
July 27th is the feast day of San Pantaleone, patron saint of Ravello. According to tradition, the Christian physician was beheaded (c. 305) during the Diocletian persecutions in Nicomedia, and that a woman collected his spilled blood. The ampulla holding the saint's blood reached Ravello in the eleventh-century after a storm at sea transported the monks of Saint Basil, guardians of the phial, from the East. It is believed the relic chose the town for shelter.
In honor of the martyr, I would like to share a few photos taken during my 2010 pilgrimage to beautiful Ravello—arguably the most bedazzling jewel gracing the Amalfi Coast—and its fabulous Duomo, home to the saint's relic. Continue reading

"The Orpheus of Apulia"

Guitar Virtuoso and Composer Mauro Giuliani
Mauro Giuliani
By Giovanni di Napoli
"Then Herr Mauro Giuliani, a Neapolitan, came to us—a man who had been led early in the right direction through correct sense of harmony, and who, as an accomplished virtuoso, combined with the most correct performance the greatest perfection of technique and of taste...Through his teaching and the competition he has aroused among teachers and lovers of the instrument, he has formed for us so many outstanding amateurs, that there could scarcely be another place where authentic guitar-playing is so widely practiced as here in our Vienna." —Excerpt from the preface to a guitar method published c.1811/12, entitled Versuch einer vollst√§ndigen methodischen Antleitung zum Guitare-Spielen by Simon Molitor & Wilhelm Klingenbrunner (1)
Southern Italy has a long history with the guitar, dating as far back as the Spanish viceroyalty. In fact, the earliest extant six-string guitar was built by the Neapolitan luthier Gaetano Vinaccia in 1779. The prestigious Gagliano, Fabricatore and Vinaccia families are credited with several innovations for the instrument and throughout the nineteenth century Naples remained a major center for its production. (2) It is also no coincidence that some of the most celebrated early classical guitarists—most notably the great Federico Moretti (1760-1838) and Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841)—hailed from the Regno. Continue reading

Announcing the 113th Annual Feast of San Rocco di Potenza in Chicago, Illinois

www.stroccodipotenza.org

July 26, 2016

A Look at the 5th Annual Traditional Pilgrimage at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in East Harlem

The coronated statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Photos by Stuart Chessman and New York Scugnizzo
By Giovanni di Napoli
Scores of pilgrims from around the tri-state area gathered at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in East Harlem, New York on Saturday, July 23rd for the 5th Annual Traditional Pilgrimage. In reverence and humility, many of the participants entered the church on their knees and discalced. Some presented altar flowers to the glory of God. 
Warmly welcomed by Pastor Fr. Marian Wierzchowski, festivities began with an edifying talk about the Blessed Mother by Fr. James Miara, pastor of the Church of the Holy Innocents. Confession was also made available.
Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary form was celebrated by Canon Matthew Talarico, provincial superior of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.  Fr. Christopher Salvatori was the deacon and Fr. Richard Cipolla, pastor of St. Mary RC Church, Norwalk was the sub deacon. The service concluded with a procession around the church interior.
Members of the congregation were then given the opportunity to venerate the relics of Saint Vincent Pallotti and Saint Elena di Laurino.
Afterward, in a private ceremony in the sacristy, our very own Cav. John Napoli and good friend Cav. Charles Sant’Elia, president of the Comitati Due Sicilie USA, were invested with the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The postulants stood abreast as Fr. Marian conducted the sacred rite. Blessing the scapulars and performing the Aspersion, Fr. Marian awarded the men small wool devotionals. Following the prayers, the devotees embraced and congratulated one another. It was the perfect ending to our pilgrimage.
Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Taking our leave, a few of us decided to continue the celebration a little closer to home. Making our way to Little Italy we stopped by bustling Mulberry Street Bar for a few cocktails. Rehashing the day’s highlights, we discussed upcoming events and future projects. Vivian, the historic watering hole's gregarious barkeep, stopped by our table to chat for a bit and generously bought us a round. Naturally, we drank to her health and toasted her beloved patron, San Gennaro.
Getting hungry, we eventually moved on to Margherita NYC, a lively little joint specializing in traditional Neapolitan pizza and pasta dishes. For dinner we enjoyed a delicious dish of cavatelli alla Sorrentina
In these dark times, when one is constantly inundated with bad news and subjected daily to the cultural and moral decline that comes with the breakdown of civil society, opportunities of fellowship and religiosity like this are becoming increasingly more meaningful and invaluable to our community. I cannot thank the organizers and parish staff enough for giving us this spectacular opportunity to come together and celebrate our faith and culture. Special thanks to the U.S. Delegation of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George for their hard work and continued support in these endeavors. The warmth and sincerity of the participants was truly heartening. I pray for the Traditional Pilgrimage's continued success and look forward to coming back again. 
Decked out in their blue mantles, the Knights of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George partook in the entrance procession
Solemn High Mass celebrated by Canon Mathew Talarico
During Mass, the flag of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies was displayed next to the altar, beneath the revered statue of the Madonna del Carmine
(L) Relic of Saint Vincent Pallotti and (R) Fr. Richard Cipolla with the relic of Sant'Elena di Laurino
Honor Guard stands sentinel by the Sant'Elena di Laurino bye-altar 
Celebrants gather around the bye-altar to venerate the saint
Sant'Elena di Laurino
Praying by the bye-altar 
Back in the sacristy, John, Anthony, Andrew and Charles pose with our gracious host pastor Fr. Marian Wierzchowski
Our new friends Antoinette and Pam in the church gift shop
For additional coverage visit sthughofcluny.org

Also see:
Knights of the Sacred Constantinian Order of Saint George Welcomed With Open Arms at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in East Harlem
A Look at the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Newark, New Jersey
A Badge of Honor
For Altar and Throne: Investiture into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
Congratulations Vincent Gangone on Your Investiture into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
Congratulations Charles Sant'Elia on Your Investiture into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
Congratulations John Napoli on Your Investiture into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
Congratulations Michael T. Viola on Your Investiture into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
Congratulations Anthony J. O'Boyle Esq. on Your Investiture into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
Investiture and Mass in the Presence of the Royal Family of the Two Sicilies at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City
A Royal Welcome
Celebrating the Feast of Saint George with the Sacred Constantinian Military Order of Saint George
Honoring Francesco II di Borbone in New York City

Feast of Sant’Anna

Evviva Sant’Anna!
July 26th is the Feast Day of Saint Ann, mother of Mary, patroness of housewives, pregnant women, mothers and grandmothers. Widely venerated across southern Italy, she is the principal patron of Caserta (CA), Monte San Giacomo (SA), Ischia Ponte (NA), Bacoli (NA), Lettere (NA), Boscotrecase (NA), and Vernole (LE), among others. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a Prayer to Saint Ann. The accompanying photo was taken at Saint Andrew Avellino Roman Catholic Church (35-60 158th Street) in Flushing, New York.
Prayer to Saint Ann
Good Saint Ann, you were especially favored by God to be the mother of the most holy Virgin Mary, the Mother of our Savior. By your power with your most pure daughter and with her divine Son, kindly obtain for us the grace and the favor we now seek. Please secure for us also forgiveness of our past sins, the strength to perform faithfully our daily duties and the help we need to persevere in the love of Jesus and Mary. Amen.