May 28, 2018

Photo of the Week: Sculpture Above the Portal of the Cloister at Villa Rufolo, Ravello

Photo by New York Scugnizzo

New Music: 18th Century Neapolitan Flute Sonatas

New music that may be of interest to our readers.

18th Century Neapolitan Flute Sonatas by Renata Cataldi and Partenope Stravagante

Label: Dynamic
Release Date: June 15, 2018
Audio CD: $18.99
Number of Discs: 1

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May 27, 2018

Tridentine Masses for the Feast of Corpus Christi

Immediately following the Mass at Holy Innocents, there will be an outdoor Procession (with triple Benediction) around midtown Manhattan. This year will be Holy Innocents’ 9th annual outdoor Blessed Sacrament Procession for this traditional celebration.
Newly ordained Fr. Leo Joseph Camurati will be the Celebrant of this Solemn Mass. At the end of the Mass and Procession, Fr. Leo Joseph will confer his priestly blessing.
Solemn Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi on Thursday, May 31 at 7 pm. A procession in the church and benediction will follow the Mass. Fr. Timothy Iannacone will be the celebrant, with Fr. Michael Novajosky as deacon and Fr. Donal Kloster as subdeacon. The pastor of St. Pius X, Fr. Samuel Kachuba, will give the sermon.
Music will include the Missa Caça by Cristobal Morales, “Gustate et Videte” by Giovanni Matteo Asola and the “Ave Verum” by William Byrd.
Source: The Society of St. Hugh of Cluny

May 24, 2018

Celebrating the 2018 Feast of Santa Rita da Cascia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Evviva Santa Rita!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Tuesday evening, I had the great pleasure of joining nearly 100 devotees at Saint Athanasius Church in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, for the annual Feast of Santa Rita da Cascia and Tuesday Devotion to Sant’Antonio da Padova. Sponsored by the Associazione Culturale Pugliese Figli Maria SS. Addolorata, attendees celebrated Mass, venerated the relic of Sant’Antonio, and processed in prayer around the parish with the statue of St. Rita. Festivities concluded with the distribution of blessed loaves of bread, some refreshments, and fellowship in the church auditorium.
(Above & below) Religious articles and roses were available for purchase 
Arriving early, I was able to offer reparation and venerate the saints.
(L-R) SS. Crocifiso di Ciminna and Santa Fara di Cinisi 
Before Mass, we participated in the weekly
Thirteen Tuesday devotion to Sant’Antonio da Padova
Lucrezia Nardulli led the evening’s novena prayer to Santa Rita
Members of the Associazione Culturale Pugliese Figli Maria SS. Addolorata
show their devotion to Santa Rita
Msgr. David Cassato celebrated Mass in English and Italian
(Above & below) Msgr. Cassato blesses the roses and baskets of bread
(L-R) After Mass, Lucrezia and Josephine led the procession from the church
(Above & below) The procession wends its way through the neighborhood
(Above & below) The ladies take turns carrying our beloved patroness 
Circling the parish, the procession saunters back to St. Athanasius
Members pose for a commemorative photo 
The blessed bread is distributed to the participants
Afterward, partygoers continued the celebration in the auditorium

Young Adults Latin Mass & Rosary Procession - Trinity Sunday, East Harlem, New York

May 23, 2018

Celebrating the 2018 Feast of the Madonna del Sacro Monte in Clifton, New Jersey

Evviva Maria!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Despite the menacing forecast, over two hundred pilgrims gathered at Holy Face Monastery in Clifton, New Jersey Sunday morning for the Feast of the Madonna del Sacro Monte. Thankfully, the rain never materialized and we all had a fantastic time celebrating our faith and culture.
(L.) John, Stephanie and Nicole affixed the crowns to the statue. (R.) HE Cav. John M. Viola of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George with cavalieri Vito Totino of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre and John Napoli 
(Above & below) The Missa Cantata was celebrated by Fr. Anthony Mastroeni
The traditional Mass was sung by the outdoor chapels
of the Madonna del Sacro Monte and the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Members of the Congregazione Maria Ss. del Sacro Monte
stand watch by the statue of the Blessed Mother
(L-R) Beautiful mosaic and stain glass window inside the chapel
Vesting prayers for La Congregazione Maria Ss. del Sacro Monte
di Novi Velia Salerno di Jersey City, New Jersey
After Mass, devotees carry the Blessed Mother along the monastery path
Fr. Mastroeni is escorted by servers and Knights 
With great pageantry, the procession circles the monastery three times
The Tony Neglia Band 
Ladies carried flowers and votive candles 
(L.) The festivities included traditional southern Italian music.
(R.) Devotees pin donations on to the statue
Afterward, revelers enjoyed a festive luncheon 
Our friends from the Sandu Manghesi del Cliento Club 
We enjoyed a terrific barbecue with all the fixins
I inhaled a tasty marinated sliced pork and peppers sandwich 
Ciro DiLorenzo sang all our favorite Neapolitan & Italian American songs
There was plenty of fresh air and fun games for kids... 
...and adults alike 
The ladies enjoyed a very competitive game of “pass the provolone,”
a humorous take on “hot potato,” where the winner gets the cheese
Also see:
Celebrating the 2017 Feast of the Madonna del Sacro Monte in Clifton, New Jersey
A Look at the 2015 Festa della Madonna del Sacro Monte at Holy Face Monastery, Clifton, New Jersey
A Look at the 2014 Festa della Madonna del Sacro Monte at Holy Face Monastery, Clifton, New Jersey
A Look at the 2013 Festa della Madonna del Sacro Monte at Holy Face Monastery, Clifton, New Jersey

May 20, 2018

Photo of the Week: Monument to Sant'Antonino Abate in Sorrento

Statue of Sant'Antonino Abate di Sorrento, Piazza Sant'Antonino, Sorrento, Campania.  Photo by New York Scugnizzo

Announcing the 8th Annual San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons, Long Island