June 28, 2017

A Look at the 2017 Sons of San Paolino Giglio Lift, Franklin Square, Long Island

After Mass, there was a short procession through the fairgrounds 
Photos courtesy of Bobby Maida
Thanks Bobby for sharing your wonderful photos of the 2017 Giglio Feast of San Paolino di Nola in Franklin Square, Long Island. Evviva San Paolino! 
For more of Bobby’s event pictures visit www.bobseventphotos.shutterfly.com
Viva San Paolino!
(Above & below) Capo paranza Johnny Z is a whirlwind of passion & intensity
(Above & below) The Sons of San Paolino carry the giglio around the fairgrounds
Our pals John and Phil
(Above & below) A good time was had by all
The celebration finished with a magnificent fireworks show

Announcing the 82nd Annual Saint Mary of Carmen Festival, Nonantum, Massachusetts

www.stmaryofcarmen.org

June 27, 2017

A Look at San Vito Martire from the 2017 Feast in Mamaroneck, New York

Viva San Vito!
Photos courtesy of Cav. Charles Sant'Elia
Thanks Charles for sharing your wonderful photos of the statue of San Vito from Sunday's (June 25th) Feast of San Vito Martire celebrated at St. Vito – Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Mamaroneck, New York. Evviva San Vito!
A close-up of the base
Also see:
• A Look at the 2016 Feast of San Vito Martire in Mamaroneck, New York

Announcing the 128th Annual Feast of San Rocco di Potenza in New York City

www.stroccosociety.com

June 26, 2017

Photo of the Week: Statue of Carolo Tertio at Montecassino Abbey

Statue of King Carolo Tertio (Charles III of Bourbon)
at Montecassino Abbey. Photo by New York Scugnizzo

Around the Web — Gallicianò: Greek Culture in Calabria

Gallicianò. Photo courtesy of Calabria: The Other Italy
“Kalimera." A spry, older woman dressed in black warmly greeted us as we stepped out of the car and began to walk up the street to the main square of Gallicianò. She was like the town sentinel and greeter all in one, speaking perfect Italian to us, then lithely pulling a cell phone out of her pocket to call our guide in a language I didn’t understand at all.
Calòs ìrtete Gaddihicianò –  Welcome to Gallicianò
I was visiting a village at the very tip of Italy, on the edge of the Aspromonte Mountains in southern Calabria, the last bastion of Greek civilization in the region. Just forty people remain in Gallicianò, which today is officially a district of the larger community known as Condofuri. They speak grecanico (Grecanic), a language that hearkens back to ancient Greece, to Magna Graecia of southern Italy, founded in the eighth century BC. Continue reading

June 25, 2017

Celebrating the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

Images of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus at Holy Name of Jesus Church
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Most sweet Jesus, whose overflowing charity for men is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, behold us prostrate before Thee, eager to repair by a special act of homage and cruel indifference and injuries to which Thy loving Heart is everywhere subject.*
Detail of the Rosary I inherited from my
grandmother showing the Sacred Heart
Friday evening, with missal and Rosary in hand, I attended Solemn High Traditional Latin Mass for the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus at beautiful Holy Name of Jesus Church (245 Prospect Park West) in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. Deeply devoted to the Sacred Heart, I wanted to offer reparation for my sins and deepen my relationship with our Lord and Savior.
Mass was sung by Celebrant and Homilist Fr. Stephen Saffron, Parochial Vicar at St. Anselm. Fr. Tomasz Szczepanczyk was the Deacon and Mr. James Barret was the Subdeacon. The sacred ministers were dutifully assisted by Daniel Maldonado (MC), Brian Hilley, Robert Jurman, John Leicmon, Ricardo Kinch and Matthew Wise. We concluded by praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart and the Act of Reparation to the Most Sacred Heart.
The motets and Mass setting for this Liturgy were composed by organist and choir director David Adam Smith. They were gloriously chanted by Luthien Brackett (alto), Elizabeth Smith (alto), Ryland Angel (tenor), Art Bryan Manabat (tenor), Andrew Padgett (bass), and Jonathan Woody (bass).
Holy Name of Jesus Church in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
Thank you Rev. Lawrence D. Ryan, Pastor and all the Parish staff and congregation for your warmth and welcoming hospitality. Special thanks to Cindy Brolsma and organizers for your hard work and dedication. Once again, it was a great joy to celebrate our faith together. 
The next Latin Mass at Holy Name of Jesus Church will be celebrated on Sunday, August 6th at 5:00pm for the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord.
* Quoted from the Act of Reparation to the Most Sacred Heart
Also see:
Observing the First Sunday of Lent in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
Celebrating the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

June 24, 2017

Solemn Mass for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles in East Harlem, New York

Thursday, June 29th @ 7:30PM – 9:00PM

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Pontifical Shrine
448 E 116th St.
New York, NY 10029

On Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 7:30 PM, we will celebrate Solemn Mass for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles. Please join us as we pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis and all the Bishops, the successors of the Apostles Peter and Paul in their mission to draw all people to Christ and his Church.

June 23, 2017

Happy Birthday Princess Maria Carolina!

HRH was born in Rome in 2003
Photo courtesy of Camilla di Borbone delle Due Sicilie
Happy Birthday Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Palermo and Calabria! May God's love and affection be with you today and forever! Auguri!

June 22, 2017

Feast of San Paolino di Nola

Viva San Paolino!
June 22nd is the Feast Day of San Paolino (Saint Paulinus), Bishop and Patron of Nola (NA). To commemorate the occasion, I'm posting a Prayer to San Paolino. The accompanying photo was taken at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 
Prayer to San Paolino
O Lord, You made Saint Paulinus renowned for his love of poverty and concern for his people. May we who celebrate his witness to the Gospel imitate his example of love for others. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Announcing the Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ in East Harlem, New York

June 21, 2017

Happy Summer!

Apollo with lyre
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
In celebration of the summer solstice, or midsummer, I would like to share a poem by Vittorio Clemente from Dialect Poetry of Southern Italy: Texts and Criticism (A Trilingual Anthology) edited by Luigi Bonaffini, Legas, 1997, p.38. The accompanying photo of Apollo was taken at The Naples National Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli) during my 2010 visit to Napoli. In addition to being the god of music, poetry and prophecy, Apollo was, of course, the god of the sun.
Bliss
Golden days of summer, facing the sun,
facing the sea, delighted, and content.
Days spent eavesdropping on the wind,
mindful of words whispered in secret.

Words I'd unravel; listening, alone,
for the voice of the world, the nothing beyond,
alone, while my nimble heart took flight
for untold trysts and destinations.

Perhaps for the very edge of the world,
where Our Lady of the Mariners
trims white roses in the morning.

And to find myself here, again, eyes
like a boy's, quick and bright, seeing, upon
the lace of waves, roses ride to shore...

(Translated by Anthony Molino)

Announcing the 2017 Festa Della Madonna Delle Grazie, Ridgewood, New York

Announcing the 2017 Feast of San Silverio in Dover Plains, New York

www.sansilverioshrine.org

June 20, 2017

Feast of San Silverio

Evviva San Silverio! 
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
June 20th is the Feast Day of San Silverio, Pope, martyr and protector of the island of Ponza. San Silverio is also the co-patron of Frosinone (FR) and Scerni (CH), where he shares his patronage with Sant’Ormisda and San Panfilo di Sulmona, respectively. To commemorate the occasion, I'm posting a Prayer to San Silverio.(*) The accompanying photo was taken during the 2014 Columbus Day Parade on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
Prayer to San Silverio
O Glorious San Silverio, pastor of the Universal Church and hero of the Faith, you were blessed with the courage to die in witness to Christ and the Gospel. Through your example, may we be filled with the courage to profess our faith in Jesus Christ, and to serve Him with generosity in our neighbor. Amen
* Prayer courtesy of the San Silverio Society of Dover Plains, New York. For more about the society visit http://sansilverioshrine.org

Photo of the Week: Statue of Lotario Tertio at Montecassino Abbey

Statue of Holy Roman Emperor Lotario Tertio (Lothair III)
at Montecassino Abbey. Photo by New York Scugnizzo

Solemn High Latin Mass for the External Solemnity of the Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Little Italy, New York

Solemn High Mass for the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist and All Night Prayer Vigil for Nascent Life

June 19, 2017

Corpus Christi Mass and Procession at Our Lady of Peace Church in Gowanus, Brooklyn

Celebrating Solemn High Latin Mass for the External Solemnity of Corpus Christi
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Photo essay by New York Scugnizzo
(Above & below) Sunday's Eucharistic Procession
makes its way around the parish
The monstrance is carried aloft so the Host is exposed for veneration
(Above & below) Three station altars with flowers were set up along the route
Kneeling in adoration, incense is burned before the Eucharist
A brief blessing before continuing on to the next station 
Acolyte's carry candles and a censer
The choir chanted for the length of the procession
We returned to Our Lady of Peace Church for the Benediction
Also see:
Faith and Family, My Easter Traditions
Celebrating the External Solemnity of the Epiphany at Our Lady of Peace Church in Gowanus, Brooklyn

Gusti e Vini D'Italia Wine Pairing Dinner: A Journey Through Campania! at Casa Belvedere

On Thursday, June 29th @ 6:30 PM Join Us for our next Gusti e Vini D'Italia Wine Pairing Dinner: A Journey Through Campania!

Experience the extraordinary 'Voce di Napoli' of Antonio Guarna, performing "Torna A Surriento", "O Sole Mio", "Santa Lucia" and more, while also feasting on Campania Regional foods, expertly paired with rich and flavorful Southern Italian wines.

Members: $75 pp. Non-Members: $100 pp.
Reservations with Pre-Payment Required.

Please call the Foundation office at 718-273-7660. Or to pay online, visit www.casa-belvedere.org and click on any DONATE NOW button. Complete the online giving form and indicate dinner date in comments box.

We look forward to seeing you!

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere
79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301
T. 718-273-7660 F. 718-273-0020
E. info@casa-belvedere.org
www.casa-belvedere.org

Announcing the 2017 Saint Peter's Fiesta in Gloucester, Massachusetts

www.stpetersfiesta.org

June 18, 2017

Feast of San Calogero

Viva San Calò!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
June 18th is the Feast Day of San Calogero, the Calcedonian hermit and miracle maker. Widely venerated throughout Sicily, he is one of the principal patrons of Sciacca (AG), Torretta (PA), San Salvatore di Fitalia (ME), and Agrigento (AG), among others. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer to San Calogero. The accompanying photo of the statue of San Calogero was taken at Most Precious Blood Church, the National Shrine of San Gennaro, in New York City's Little Italy.
Prayer to San Calogero
O glorious San Calogero, turn your gaze to us and hear our prayer. You have been sent by God to radiate in Sicily the light of the Gospel. You served with penance to seek God in the solitude. You taught the way of salvation and virtue. All call upon thee miracle worker, because by your intercession God gave speech to the dumb, health to the sick, hearing to the deaf and sight to the blind. Save us from danger and grant the graces we ask of you. Amen

Happy Father's Day!

My paternal Grandfather
In celebration of Father's Day I'm sharing a poem by Achille Serrao from Cantallèsia: Poems in the Neapolitan Dialect (1990-1997), edited and translated by Luigi Bonaffini, Legas 1999, p. 68-69.

My Father Never Left...

My father never left
the last mouthful in the plate
and didn’t throw away half a cigarette, ever.

I do, times have changed
and so have sayings…
as for instance:
tell me who your father is
I’ll tell you who you are.

Pàtemo nun lassava...

Pàtemo nun lassava
'o muorzo d''a crianza dint' ô piatto
e nun jettava 'a meza sigaretta, mai.
I' si, 'e tiempe só ccagnate
e 'nzieme 'e ditte càgneno...
tanto pe' mme n'ascì:
'e chi sì ffiglio, dimme
e te dico chi sì.

Announcing the 2017 Feast of San Silverio Mass in Dover Plains, New York

www.sansilverioshrine.org