September 27, 2017

A Look at the 2017 Santa Fortunata Procession in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Evviva Santa Fortunata!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Scenes from Saturday’s 117th Annual Procession in honor of Santa Fortunata, beloved patroness of Baucina, Sicily, in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
The two day celebration, full of pomp and pageantry, began at the society clubhouse (7702 17th Ave.) in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Devotees offer donations
A prayer before the procession
The Color Guard led the way down 77th Street
Vincent and Ciro have the great honor of carrying the society's standards
Society women display the banner 
Flowers spell out Santa Fortunata
(Above & below) Decked out in their colorful raiment, participants reenact
the life and martyrdom of Santa Fortunata
The Tony Neglia Band
President Ciro Quattrocchi (right) enjoying the festivities 
Devotees pull the vara with Santa Fortunata through the neighborhood
A good time was had by all
The procession makes its way through the neighborhood
Also see:
NYC’s 2016 Feast of Santa Fortunata
NYC's 2015 Feast of Santa Fortunata
NYC's 2014 Feast of Santa Fortunata
NYC's 2013 Feast of Santa Fortunata
NYC's 2012 Feast of Santa Fortunata (Part I)
NYC's 2012 Feast of Santa Fortunata (Part II)

Attention! Change in Venue: The 114th Annual Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian will now be Celebrated at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral

Also see:
• Most Precious Blood Church Heritage Profile: The Healing Saints, Cosmas and Damian

September 26, 2017

Congratulations Princess Maria Chiara di Borbone, Duchess of Capri and Noto

HRH Princess Maria Chiara di Borbone, Duchess of Capri and Noto
Photo courtesy of Real Casa di Borbone delle Due Sicilie
During an official visit to the city of Noto, Sicily over the weekend, HRH Prince Carlo di Borbone, head of the Royal House of Bourbon Two Sicilies, has conferred upon his youngest daughter HRH Princess Maria Chiara di Borbone, Duchess of Capri, the additional title of Duchess of Noto. With much love and joy in our hearts, we wish Her Highness all the best in her future endeavors and pray for God to watch over and protect her always! Auguri!

September 22, 2017

Evviva San Gennaro! A Look at the 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro in NYC's Historic Little Italy

Evviva San Gennaro!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Despite the threat of bad weather large numbers of worshipers made their way to Most Precious Blood Church in New York City’s historic Little Italy for Tuesday’s 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro (Sept. 19th). I wish to thank Msgr. Donald Sakano, Pastor, and all the parish staff and congregation for your warmth and hospitality. Special thanks to John A. Fratta, Ernest Magliato and all the members of the Figli di San Gennaro for your hard work and making the celebration a huge success. Three cheers for the Giglio Boys, the St. Rocco Society of Potenza, the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George and individual devotees who helped carry the saint through the bustling streets of Little Italy. As always, it was an honor and a priviledge to celebrate our faith and culture with you. Evviva San Gennaro!
(Above & below) Before Mass, the crucifer and acolytes led the procession of clergy down Baxter Street into Most Precious Blood Church
The rollicking Red Mike Festival Band played
many of our 
favorite patriotic and Neapolitan songs 
The sanctuary and bye-altar with statue of San Gennaro
After Mass, devotees venerate the relic of San Gennaro
Ernest Magliano and John A. Fratta
Our pals John and Sal
It was a tremendous honor to carry our beloved patron again
The procession turns off Canal Street onto bustling Mulberry Street
(L) The Red Mike Festival Band. (R) The outdoor shrine to San Gennaro
On Mulberry Street, members of the US Navy helped carry San Gennaro
(Above & below) Devotees pin donations on to the statue
Foundry markings on the base of the statue
Street lights with images of San Gennaro line Mulberry Street
After the procession, we joined our friends Annamaria and Salvator Argenio, visiting from Napoli, for some cocktails and laughs at Sapori d'Italia

Happy Autumn!

Photo by New York Scugnizzo
The Fall Equinox marks the transition of summer into winter. To celebrate the occasion and the season of Autumn 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.37.
When Sorbs are in Season

A chill comes over me... a necklace
of sorbs, even now, in my hands;
even now the poplar
sees in the river
the shimmer of a yellow leaf
dangling from the tip
of a blackened bough... and a voice
surges through the hills: "When sorbs
my love, are in season, summer is already in flight..."
Later this morning the leaf
will shrivel, at a whish
of mountain wind. From across a veil
of fog, from far away across the fields,
who'll call out, even now? Whose voice will ring?

(Translated by Anthony Molino)

September 21, 2017

Traditional Masses for the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel

Photo courtesy of the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny
Friday September 29th, the Feast of St. Michael
1) Shrine of the Most Precious Blood, 113 Baxter St., New York, NY, Solemn Mass, 7:15 pm. Sponsored by the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George.
2) St. Francis Xavier Church, 1703 Lurting Avenue, the Bronx, Solemn Mass, 7 pm. information. From the pastor: “This is the first Traditional Mass at Saint Francis since the council. Any publicity that can be given for this event would be very helpful. I have hopes that this will become a regular part of our parish life.”
3) St. Mary Church, Greenwich, CT. Traditional Vespers at 7:30 pm followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Also coming up: Two Solemn Pontifical Masses in October
1) Saturday, October 14, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Paterson, NJ., 9:30 am. Celebrant, Most Reverend Arthur Serratelli, Bishop of Paterson. information
2) Thursday, October 19, St. Mary Church, Norwalk, CT.  Conference at 5:30 pm, Solemn Pontifical Mass with Bishop Athanasius Schneider at 7:30 pm. information