August 15, 2018

Feast of the Assumption

Madonna dell'Assunta, Ravello
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
August 15th is The Feast of the Assumption, the celebration of the Blessed Mother's corporeal ascent into Heaven. In honor of this joyous occasion I'm posting "Praise to the Queen of Heaven" (Salvi Regina), a prayer from Prayers and Devotional Songs of Sicily, edited and translated by Peppino Ruggeri.(*) The accompanying photo was taken during my 2010 pilgrimage to the Duomo in Ravello. Founded in 1086, the Duomo was originally dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption. It has since been consecrated to San Pantaleone.

Praise to the Queen of Heaven

Hail to you Mary, Mother of Mercy
Life, sweetness, and spring of joy
In you we trust when in trouble or pain
To you we come when we are in tears
In affliction your comfort we obtain.

Hear our pleas, our sweet defender
Virgin Mother with all sorrow laden
To our God you prayers direct
Because our actions have no effect
The door of paradise open to all
When death for comes to call

(*) Prayers and Devotional Songs of Sicily, edited and translated into English by Peppino Ruggeri, Legas 2009, p.139

Feast of the Madonna di Pierno

Ave Maria
August 15th is the Feast Day of the Madonna di Pierno, Patroness of San Fele in Provincia di Potenza in Basilicata. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting A Prayer to Our Lady of the Assumption of Pierno. The accompanying photo of the Madonna di Pierno was taken at Saint Joachim Roman Catholic Church in Trenton, New Jersey (Photo courtesy of Anthony Scillia).
A Prayer to Our Lady of the Assumption of Pierno
Most holy Virgin Mary, you inspired St. William of Vermicelli to erect at the summit of Mt. Pierno a temple in your honor and reign from this throne of grace throughout the centuries as our Queen and Mother. Turn your eyes of mercy towards all who invoke you, O Mother of love. Your most sweet face has enchanted so many generation. It has been a comfort of so many afflicted and gives me confidence that my prayer will surely be heard. Many evils afflict us in this valley of tears. Deliver us from all harm, relieve us of our sufferings and grant us the favor which we ask. You, who after a most Holy life, was assumed into Heaven body and soul, and crowned Queen of the Universe and Mediatrix of all Graces, grant us eternal salvation. Amen

Feast of the Madonna del Soccorso

Evviva Maria!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
August 15th is the Feast Day of the Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help), protectress of Sciacca (AG), Castellammare del golfo (TP), Regalbuto (EN) San Potito Ultra (AV) and San Severo (FG), among others. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The accompanying photo of the Madonna del Soccorso was taken at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in Manhattan.

Prayer to Our Lady
of Perpetual Help

O Mother of Perpetual Help, grant that I may ever invoke your powerful name, the protection of the living and the salvation of the dying. Purest Mary, let your name henceforth be ever on my lips. Delay not, Blessed Lady, to rescue me whenever I call on you. In my temptations, in my needs, I will never cease to call on you, ever repeating your sacred name, Mary, Mary. What a consolation, what sweetness, what confidence fills my soul when I utter your sacred name or even only think of you! I thank the Lord for having given you so sweet, so powerful, so lovely a name. But I will not be content with merely uttering your name. Let my love for you prompt me ever to hail you Mother of Perpetual Help. Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for me and grant me the favor I confidently ask of you. Amen.

Feast of the Madonna della Scala

Evviva Maria!
August 15th is the Feast Day of the Madonna della Scala, patroness of Belvedere di Spinello, a small town in the Province of Crotone in Calabria. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting A Prayer to Our Lady. The accompanying photo of the Madonna della Scala was taken at Saint Rocco’s Church in Glen Cove, New York.
A Prayer to Our Lady
Remember, O most loving Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, we turn to you, O Virgin of virgins, our Mother. To you we come, before you we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, do not despise our petitions, but in your mercy hear us and answer us. Amen.

Feast of the Madonna della Stella

Evivva Maria!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
August 15th is the Feast Day of the Madonna della Stella (Our Lady of the Star), patroness of Craco (MT), Adelfia (BA), Pazzano (RC), Pedagaggi (SR), Barrafranca (EN) and Militello in Val di Catania (CT), among others. She is also celebrated on September 8th, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting "The Patron of Craco," a poem by Vincenzo Montemurro.* The accompanying photo of Maria SS. della Stella was taken at now-closed Saint Joseph's Church (5 Monroe Street) in Manhattan.

The Patron of Craco

Our Patroness,
so beautiful with your crown
and a mantle filled with stars
that are the most beautiful.
Oh Madonna della Stella,
you are in the chapel
where we celebrate in May
and join in a long pilgrimage,
a pilgrimage of love
which rejoices the heart.
Oh band, music and orchestra
play for our Patroness.
A choir dressed in white
sings for our most shining star,
Our Madonna della Stella,
the most beautiful one.

* "The Patron of Craco" was reprinted from Homage to the Madonna della Stella, a publication of the Colibri Association and translated by the Craco Society, 2010, p. 40

Feast of the Madonna del Granato

Pomegranate from Salerno
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
August 15th is the Feast of the Madonna del Granato (Our Lady of the Pomegranate), patroness of Capaccio-Paestum, a town in the Province of Salerno. The local sanctuary, a Carmelite hermitage, is home to a beautiful wooden statue of the Blessed Mother holding the baby Jesus in her left arm and a pomegranate in her right hand. The sanctuary is an important destination for pilgrims, who make offerings of fruit, flowers and wax candles during the celebration. Interestingly, early Christians adopted the pomegranate as a sacred symbol of virtue and prosperity from the pre-Christian cult of Hera, Queen of Heaven. Several fine examples (see photos below) of the iconography can be seen at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Paestum. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a prayer in honor of the Madonna del Granato. The accompanying photos were taken during my 2010 visit to Paestum

Our Lady, Queen of Heaven

August Queen of Heaven! Sovereign Mistress of the angels! Thou who from the beginning hast received from God the power and mission to crush the head of Satan, we humbly beseech thee to send thy holy Legions, that, under thy command and by thy power, they may pursue the evil spirits, encounter them on every side, resist their bold attacks and drive them hence into the abyss of eternal woe. Amen
Marble statue of the goddess Hera enthroned
holding a pomegranate in her hand
Terracotta statuette of Hera holding Pomegranate

Buon Ferragosto!

Diana, from the Villa Arianna in Stabiae
National Archaeological Museum, Napoli

Photo by New York Scugnizzo
By Giovanni di Napoli

August 15th marks the Ferragosto, the modern manifestation of the ancient Roman Feriae Augusti. Instituted in 18 B.C. by the Emperor Augustus, the month long celebration paid homage to the gods for a bountiful harvest as well as the changing seasons. The goddess Diana was especially revered during the festivities.

With the advent of Christianity, the festival was eclipsed by the Assumption of the Virgin. Today the various towns of Southern Italy celebrate the holiday in their own fashion, usually with fireworks, large meals or a leisurely trip to the beach.

Some of the more interesting celebrations include The Feast of the Madonna della Madia in Monopoli, Puglia, where townspeople reenact the discovery of the Marian icon that washed into the harbor on a raft in the eleventh century; and the so-called "Burning of the Svevo castle" in Termoli, Molise, which recalls a vicious attack by the Ottoman Turks in 1566.

In the spirit of the occasion I'm reprinting "And It Won't Rain Anymore," a poem by Alessandro Dommarco.(*) The accompanying photo of Diana Saettatrice, or "Diana as an Archer," from the Villa Ariana in Stabiae was taken during my 2010 visit to the National Archaeological Museum in Naples.

And It Won't Rain Anymore

Summer you were. As you came in the room
with you came in the sea, seaweeds and rocks:
and the sun came in and through the olive trees
came the cicadas, and the countryside
of an August night stars in the sky and quivering of crickets.
Scarlet August moon, a full moon you were
inside the room: and you ran within me
laughing in my veins, deep within my blood.
You were, my love, the light, the air,
the scent of earth, the colors, the flowers of the summer.
Summer you were. And like a mellowed fig
you melted in my mouth, sugar and love:
you let me nibble you grape after grape like a juicy bunch.
And I caught fire like a vine shoot, and burned before your eyes.

(*) Reprinted from Dialect Poetry of Southern Italy: Texts and Criticism, edited by Luigi Bonaffini, Legas, 1997, P. 44

August 14, 2018

Feast of the Madonna di Materdomini

Ave Maria
August 14th is the Feast of the Madonna di Materdomini, Patroness of Nocera Superiore in Salerno and one of the so-called "Seven Sisters of Campania,” an appellation given to the region's major Marian devotions under different titles. According to legend (there are several versions), a soldier wrongly imprisoned escaped from his captors and fled to the safety of his native village. While on the run, Salvo (as he would later be called) stumbled upon an oak tree with a slithering dragon coiled around it. Terrorizing the local peasantry, the fire-breathing serpent brought famine and pestilence to the valley. Spotting the fugitive, the ferocious creature with poison spewing from its eyes and nostrils pounced on the horrified man. Invoking the Virgin, Salvo’s blade miraculously struck home and slew the ghastly beast. News of the slaying quickly spread and the people ventured forth and began the reclamation of the land. Beneath the oak, an icon of the Blessed Mother was unearthed and later enshrined in the Santuario di Materdomini, which was built at the location. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a Prayer to Our Lady of the Assumption.
Prayer to Our Lady of the Assumption
Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Jesus and our Mother, we believe in your triumphant assumption into heaven where the angels and saints acclaim you as Queen. We join them in praising you and bless the Lord who raised you above all creatures. With them we offer you our devotion and love. We are confident that you watch over our daily efforts and needs, and we take comfort from the faith in the coming resurrection. We look to you, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. After this earthly life, show us Jesus, the blest fruit of your womb, O kind, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.

Feast of San Antonio Primaldo and the 800 Martyrs of Otranto

August 14th is the Feast Day of Saint Antonio Primaldo and the 800 Martyrs of Otranto. In 1480 the Ottoman Turks invaded the Kingdom of Naples, laying siege to the city of Otranto in Apulia. Taken by force, the townspeople were raped and slaughtered. Around 800 survivors were marched up the nearby Hill of the Minerva and offered a chance to live if they renounced their faith and convert to Islam. To a man, the captives refused. Stepping forward, a tailor named Antonio Primaldo proclaimed "Now it is time for us to fight to save our souls for the Lord. And since he died on the cross for us, it is fitting that we should die for him." Beheaded on the spot, legend says Primaldo's body did not fall until the last captive was slain. They were canonized in St. Peter's Square, Rome on May 12, 2013. 

Photo by New York Scugnizzo
To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a prayer to the Martyrs of Otranto. The photo of the reliquary with bone fragments of the 800 Martyrs of Otranto was taken at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (259 Oliver St.) in Newark, New Jersey.

Prayer to the Martyrs of Otranto

Preghiera O Dio, fortezza dei tuoi fedeli, che hai suscitato nel popolo idruntino i santi martiri Antonio Primaldo e compagni e li hai resi gloriosi testimoni del tuo nome, concedi a noi, sostenuti dal loro esempio e dalla loro intercessione, la forza di superare ogni avversità per amore di colui che ha dato la sua vita per noi. Il tuo Figlio e nostro Signore. Amen

Viva 'o Rre! Remembering HM King Francesco I di Borbone of the Two Sicilies

b. Napoli, August 14, 1777 – d. Napoli, November 8, 1830
Also see:
Viva 'o Rre! His Royal Majesty King Francis I of the Two Sicilies
Remembering HM Francis I, King of the Two Sicilies

Announcing the 2018 San Rocco Triduum in Little Italy, New York
Also see: Three Days of Prayer for San Rocco

August 13, 2018

Feast of Sant'Ippolito Martire

Evviva Sant'Ippolito!
August 13th is the Feast Day of Sant'Ippolito Martire, patron saint of horses and protector of Sant'Ippolito (formally Napoli Piccola), a small town near Cosenza in Calabria. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a processional song in honor of Sant'Ippolito.*  The accompanying photo comes courtesy of the Sant'Ippolito Society of Leslie, Michigan.

Processional Song
to Sant'Ippolito

Our protector Sant'Ippolito
Wearing flowers on your head 
Which you wear for our honor
And to give glory to God.

Our beautiful Sant'Ippolito
Wearing a golden hat
Your horse is strong and vigorous
O glorious Sant'Ippolito.

* The Processional Song to Sant'Ippolito was reprinted from the "Culture and Traditions" section of the Sant'Ippolito Society website.

The Search for our Ancestry (L)

Filling in the ‘Gaps’
By Angelo Coniglio
Often in our research of Sicilian or Italian ancestors, we find that though records do generally exist for our ancestral town and historical period of interest. But the specific record for a person or date that we are most interested in, is missing. Examples abound, some of which are reviewed below
Civil records that don’t extend back far enough: In the northern city-states, duchies and principalities of the Apennine Peninsula, prior to the existence of any nation called ‘Italy’, civil records of birth, marriage and death (nati, matrimoni, and morti) were initiated in the Napoleonic era, some as early as circa 1805. In mainland Sicily, from Abruzzo and Naples to Calabria, civil records began around 1815, and on insular Sicily, they began uniformly in 1820.  Before those dates, our recourse is to ecclesiastical (church) records, which were basically records of the administration of the sacraments: baptism (battesimi); chrismation or confirmation (cresime); marriages (matrimoni); and extreme unction administered at death (morti). 
Unfortunately, in some cases church records are missing for several years (or more) just prior to the start of civil record-keeping. A case study is in order. My grandfather Gaetano Coniglio was born in 1836 in Serradifalco in the Kingdom of Sicily, on the island of Sicily. On his civil birth record, his father Raimondo Coniglio’s age was given as 30, meaning that his approximate birth year was 1805 – 1806; and his mother’s name was given as Maria Messina, age 24 (born in about 1812). Both births occurred before the advent of civil records. Church records exist for Serradifalco, but there is a gap in them from 1790 to 1820, so there are no baptism records for my years of interest.  How could I extend my tree to ancestors prior to my great-grandparents? Well, even though their birth or baptism records are missing, records of marriage or death usually give the names of the parents of the espoused or the deceased.  My grandfather was born in 1836, so there was good reason to believe that his parents were married after the start of civil records in 1820.
So I started with 1836 and worked backwards until I found the 1830 record of the civil ‘Promise to Marry’ (Promessa) of Raimondo Coniglio and Maria Messina. It is not strictly a marriage record, but a marriage contract. But it gives the ages, occupations and birthplaces of the prospective bride and groom as well as the names of the parents of both. It also shows whether their parents were living or deceased at the time of the marriage. Thus, I added a full generation of ancestors to my ‘pedigree’, or family tree.  If the civil records had been missing, I could (and did) search for the church marriage record. Though not as detailed as the marriage contract, it gives the names of the parents of my great-grandparents.
What if my ancestry had been such that my great-grandparents had been married before the start of civil record-keeping, or if both the civil and church marriage records were missing or unavailable? That’s where morti (death records) come in. My great-grandparents both were living in 1836 at the time of my grandfather’s birth. I could search civil and church death records starting with 1836 and moving forward, but they might have lived to be eighty or older, meaning I could have to go through fifty or more years of records. We can usually estimate someone’s birth or marriage year, but folks die at random, making death dates more difficult. Here, we can use records of other people; specifically, the children of those we are researching. My grandfather was not the only child of Raimondo and Maria. Some ‘sideways genealogy’ revealed at least nine other children. One, Mario, was born in 1851. Another, Antonio, was married in September 1857. That record states that his father Raimondo was deceased on that date.
That shortened the time span in which I had to search for Raimondo’s death records: between 1851 and September 1857. I found his civil death record, dated 3 February, 1857. It states that his father was the late Gaetano Coniglio, his mother was the late Giuseppa Montalto, and that his wife was the living Maria Messina. These names had been given in the previously discovered marriage record, but if that record had been unavailable, this death record would have served to properly identify them. I followed the same process to find Maria Messina’s death record, which similarly confirmed the names of her parents and spouse.
You can see the records discussed above, in original form and translated, by starting at my grandfather’s page at To see his ancestors’ records, click on the ‘up arrow’ in the upper left corner.
Coniglio is the author of the book The Lady of the Wheel, inspired by his Sicilian research. Order the paperback or the Kindle version at Coniglio’s web page at has helpul hints on genealogic research. If you have genealogy questions, or would like him to lecture to your club or group, e-mail him at

August 12, 2018

Photo of the Week: The Infant Heracles Strangles the Snakes Sent by Hera

Detail of the triumphal arch on the Maschio Angioino, or Castel Nuovo, in Napoli
Photo by New York Scugnizzo

The Cracotan Paper Stock Men of New York (Part 7)

Paper Stock–Making the Grade
Reprinted from the August 2018 Craco Society Bulletin
Sorting and Packing — As the trucks were unloading, the bags of waste paper were stacked inside the dealer’s warehouse or “shop” as it was referred to by them. In large buildings mechanical conveyors aided in moving goods. In smaller shops this was done manually as was most of the other work.
Shown above, bags are taken off a conveyor that lifted them inside the building from the street level and then are being placed on a vertical conveyor (photograph below) that allowed them to be moved to an area that held them until being sorted. 
Sorting, (shown in third and fourth photos) allowed the waste paper to be “graded” since each type brought a different value when sold. These images show there were more than paper stock men in this era with women working in the sorting process too. The sorted paper was put in bins and when there was enough to bail it was put into a press (bottom photo) that compressed the paper and then stored until being sold and shipped to mills.
Photographs courtesy of the Benedetto Family 
Also see:
The Cracotan Paper Stock Men of New York (Part 6)
The Cracotan Paper Stock Men of New York (Part 5)
The Cracotan Paper Stock Men of New York (Part 4)
The Cracotan Paper Stock Men of New York (Part 3)
The Cracotan Paper Stock Men of New York (Part 2)
The Cracotan Paper Stock Men of New York

August 11, 2018

Feast of Santa Filomena, Daughter of Light

Evviva Santa Filomena! 
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
August 11th is the Feast Day of Santa Filomena (Saint Philomela), virgin martyr and protectress of Mugnano del Cardinale in the Province of Avellino. She is the patron saint of children, virgins, sterility and lost causes. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a prayer in her honor. The accompanying photo was taken at Our Lady of Pompeii Church (25 Carmine Street) in the West Village, New York, NY.
Prayer to Saint Philomena
O most pure Virgin, glorious Martyr, St. Philomena, whom God in His eternal power has revealed to the world in these unhappy days in order to revive the faith, sustain the hope and enkindle the charity of Christian souls, behold me prostate at thy feet. Deign, O Virgin, full of goodness and kindness, to receive my humble prayers and to obtain for me that purity for which thou didst sacrifice the most alluring pleasures of the world, that strength of soul which made thee resist the most terrible attacks and that ardent love for our Lord Jesus Christ, which the most frightful torments could not extinguish in thee. So, that wearing thy holy cord and imitating thee in this life, I may one day be crowned with thee in heaven. Amen.

Summer the Season of Celebrating Saints

Madonna della Stella
Reprinted from the August 2018 Craco Society Bulletin
Summertime is a season for enjoying the beauty of nature and also a season for Italians to celebrate their favored saints.
In Craco, the Feast of the Madonna della Stella, is celebrated on the second Sunday in August. Following that, many from Craco travel to the neighboring town of Pisticci where the Feast of San Rocco is celebrated.
Our ancestors brought these traditions with them to America as they arrived at the turn of the 20th Century. But besides just celebrating the Cracotan saints they were able to share in the feasts of other Italians, all of who had their own patrons. The density of Italians was so great in this period in Downtown New York City that it was said there was a feast every week.
Today, with the changes to the area, Italian feast celebrations are dispersed with those people who left New York City for surrounding areas.
However, there is a period from August through October when three Southern Italian saints are celebrated in the traditional manner. 
On August 19th the 129th celebration of the Feast of San Rocco will be held on Baxter St., in Manhattan outside the Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood. The church serves as the home to several societies and host celebrations for many of them.
So, from September 15th-26th the 92nd feast of San Gennaro will also be celebrated there. The eleven day long event is held on Mulberry St. in the neighborhood that served as home to so many immigrants.
The following month the church becomes the venue for the 117th celebration of the Feast of San Vincenzo Martire di Craco on October 28th. This event presents Society members with an opportunity to gather and pick up the conversations they left off with last year.
Each of these events are cherished examples of culture that need support. Not only through monetary donation but individual’s attendance and participation. Consider making these events part of your calendar this summer. Celebrate like your ancestors.
Viva San Rocco! Viva San Gennaro! Viva San Vincenzo!

Announcing the 56th Annual Feast of the Madonna Del Romitello in Whitestone, New York

August 16th—19th, 2018

Nightly Entertainment • Food • Games • Raffle • Soccer Tournament (August 13th – 18th)

Mass will be celebrated Sunday, August 19th @ 3PM followed by procession.

Contact for raffle tickets: 917-559-4706

Holy Trinity Church
14-51 143rd Street
Whitestone, New York 11357

Sponsored by the Maria SS. Addolorata del Romitello Borgetto Cultural Association, NYC - Est. 1962

For more information visit

August 10, 2018

Sung Mass in Latin for the Feast of San Lorenzo in East Harlem, New York

A Look at the 22nd Annual Festa di San Donato in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Viva San Donato! 
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Tuesday evening, my friends and I attended the third and final night of the 22nd Annual Festa di San Donato in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Organized by the remarkably hospitable Franca Mazza, devotees gathered nightly to pray the Rosary and venerate our beloved patron. Franca and her family generously set up tents and chairs, and offered a variety of refreshments to the attendees. All donations collected help support Franca's many charitable endeavors. 

As always, it was an honor and a privilege to celebrate our faith and culture together. We look forward to doing it again next year. Viva San Donato!

Instead of letting a passing thunderstorm ruin the evening,
Franca invited us into her home for shelter and a delicious meal
Before Mass we prayed the Rosary
(Above & below) Mass was celebrated with Fr. Barozzi in Italian and English
Stephen LaRocca and Franca Mazza served as lectors  
Chalice with pall, ciborium and cruets 
The altar was erected in front of the Mazza residence
(L) A look at the miniature statue of San Donato. (R) After Mass, devotees had the opportunity to venerate the relic of San Donato  
The reliquary and close-up of the relic 
After Mass, celebrants take a commemorative photo
Cavalieri Vincent Gangone and John Napoli of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George were in attendance 
(Above & below) Afterward, we were treated to
coffee, fruit and some delicious homemade desserts
Also see:
• A Look at the 21st Annual Festa di San Donato in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
• A Look at the 19th Annual Festa di San Donato in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
• A Look at the 18th Annual Festa di San Donato, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Feast of San Lorenzo Martire

Viva San Lorenzo!
August 10th is the Feast Day of San Lorenzo (St. Lawrence), deacon and martyr. Patron saint of cooks, comedians and the poor, he is also invoked against fire. Widely venerated across southern Italy, he is the principal patron of Scala (SA), Bagnoli Irpino (AV), Rose (CS), Sogliano Cavour (LE), Sant'Agata Li Battiati (CT), San Lorenzo Bellizzi (CZ), and Busso (CB), among others. The annual Perseids meteor shower, nicknamed the “Tears of Saint Lawrence” (Lacrime di San Lorenzo), reaches its peak on (or near) his feast day and traditionally, weather permitting, family and friends would get together and gaze into the sky, hoping to see some shooting stars. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a prayer to Saint Lawrence.

Prayer to Saint Lawrence

O Generous patron of the Church’s poor, St. Lawrence, pray to the One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit that all the poor of the Church in need in every corner of the world may feel the effect of the love of their brothers and sisters who seek to help them. Deliver the Church from the greed and envy of the powerful and protect her rights and property so that she may serve the needy in freedom, giving them good things for soul and body. May we come some day with all those whom we helped on earth to the bright mansions of heaven where we will enjoy the riches of God’s house and the company of the Savior who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen

Announcing the 2018 Our Lady of Pierno Mass and Luncheon in Trenton, New Jersey

August 9, 2018

A Look at the 89th Annual Feast of Saint Rocco in Fort Lee, New Jersey (Part 3)

The Saint Rocco Chapel
Viva San Rocco!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Scenes from Sunday’s 89th Annual Feast of St. Rocco in Fort Lee, New Jersey. (Also see Part 1, The Procession and Part 2, The Procession Continued)
Members of the St. Rocco Italian American Mutual Aid Society of Fort Lee, New Jersey gather outside the society's chapel (110 Main St. Fort Lee, NY 07024)
The chapel boasts two large statues of San Rocco
Phil Arfuso, President of the St. Rocco Italian American Mutual Aid Society of Fort Lee, New Jersey, with Stephen LaRocca, President of the St. Rocco Society of Potenza in New York City
(L) The chapel's altar. (R) Votive candles and antique society standard
Statues of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and San Pio
are counted among the chapel's collection of statuary
Angelic cherubim embellish the ceiling
A variety of delicious sweets and coffee were on hand for guests