June 22, 2018

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.

NYC Malta Walk, June 2018

Francesca Tempesta, DM (second from right), and the Order of Malta Auxiliary
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Tuesday evening, our dear friend Chef Giuseppe Marrone of Acqua Restaurant (21 Peck Slip) in the South Street Seaport once again selflessly donated freshly made food for the Order of Malta Auxiliary’s monthly homeless outreach walk. Committed to the charitable enterprise, the popular and respected gourmet took the time before his dinner rush to serve up another hearty and tasty dish, orecchiette al forno con tartufo e provola affumicata, or “little ears” pasta with truffles and provola cheese. 
Chef Marrone
Promptly delivered to the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral rectory (263 Mulberry Street) in downtown Manhattan, some twenty volunteers led by Dama Francesca Tempesta portioned out generous servings of Giuseppe’s delicious victuals, along with water, utensils and other necessities.

Packed and raring to go, our group recited the Daily Prayer of the Order of Malta before pounding the pavement. Fanning out to cover as much ground as possible, we traversed the Bowery and surrounding neighborhoods to distribute the care packages to those in need. 
Anyone interested in supporting this noble endeavor can contact the Order of Malta Auxiliary at nycaux@orderofmaltaamerican.org or call 917-566-3937. For additional information, the Order can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/maltaauxiliarynyc.

ACQUA Restaurant & Wine Bar

21 Peck Slip @ Water Street
New York, New York 10038
Tel 212.349.4433

Also see:
Walking the Walk: Chef Giuseppe Marrone Helps Provide Meals for the Homeless

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

June 21, 2018

Traditional Latin Masses for the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist in New York

Happy Summer!

Apollo (Photo by New York Scugnizzo)
In celebration of the summer solstice, or midsummer, I would like to share a poem by the great Sicilian poet and 1959 Nobel Laureate Salvatore Quasimodo from The Night Fountain: Selected Early Poems translated by Marco Sonzogni and Gerald Sawe, Arc Publications, 2008, p. 48-49. The accompanying photo of Apollo was taken at the Temple of Apollo (below) in Pompeii. In addition to being the god of music, poetry and prophecy, Apollo was, of course, the god of the sun.


The untouched soul, in the airy batiste apron,
with sacred gesture spreads seeds.

You have to love her with pure eye,
when her naked feet skim the earth
and the sun burns the silk of her hair:
because the earth is her temple
and the sun is her Lord.

L'anima intatta, nel vaporoso grembiule di batista,
con gesto sacro, sparge la semente.
Bisonga amarla con occhio di purezza,
quando i suoi piedi nudi sfiorano la terra
e il sole le brucia la seta dei capelli:
ché la terra è il suo tempio,
e il sole suo Signore.
Temple of Apollo, Pompeii (Photo by New York Scugnizzo)

Brooklyn Folk Arts and Artists Series Presents: Rosa Tatuata

Michela Musolino
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
Concert and Interview with Michela Musolino

June 26th @ 1pm

New Utrecht Public Library
1743 86th Street, 
at Bay 17th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11214

As part of the Brooklyn Arts Council's mission to present traditional artists and preserve traditions, Rosa Tatuata will give a concert of Sicilian Folk Music. Afterward, Michela Musolino will be interviewed by Julia Patinella.
Presented by the Brooklyn Arts Council and the Brooklyn Public Library

June 20, 2018

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

Announcing the Titular Feast Mass at Most Precious Blood Church in Little Italy, New York

June 19, 2018

A Look at the 2018 Festa di San Pio da Pietrelcina in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Viva San Pio!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo 
A shrine was erected outside St. Dominic's Church (2001 Bay Ridge Parkway) Saturday afternoon for the Cadutti Superga Mola Soccer Club's annual Festa di San Pio. Devotees offered flowers, votive candles and donations
(Above & below) After Mass, which was celebrated in Italian,
the statue was placed on the vera
The vera was adorned with flowers 
Donations were pinned to the statue's cape
Our friends Joseph, Cathy and Maria manned the religious gift table
Our celebration caught someone's attention
Prayer cards were offered to donors
(Above & below) We depart from the fairground 
(Above & below) The procession saunters down Bay Ridge Parkway
(Above & below) Members of the Associazione Culturale Pugliese Figli Maria SS. Addolorata joined together with the Caduti Superga Mola Club
A good time was had by all
Our dear friends Lucrezia and Josephine
with soon-to-be ordained Deacon Alessandro from Calabria
Devotees sang and prayed for nearly two hours 
The Metropolitan Festival Band 
We briefly stopped by the Cadutti Superga Soccer Club for some water
A beautiful shrine was set up outside the clubhouse
Back at the fairground, the procession concluded with the benediction
The statue was returned to the shrine and revelers enjoyed plenty of food, games and entertainment at the street fair 
Afterward, we enjoyed a little brioche con gelato at nearby Villabate Alba's 
Also see:
A Look at the 2016 Festa di San Pio da Pietrelcina in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
A Look at the 2015 Festa di San Pio da Pietrelcina in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Photo of the Week: Villa Rufolo, Ravello

Villa Rufolo, Ravello, Salerno
Photo by New York Scugnizzo

June 18, 2018

Feast of Santa Marina Vergine

Evviva Santa Marina!
June 18th is the Feast of Santa Marina, virgin of Bitinia (Bithynia). Widely venerated throughout southern Italy, she is the principal patroness of Filandari (VV), Polistena (RC), Casole Bruzio (CS), Ruggiano (LE), Santa Marina Salina (ME), Santa Marina di Milazzo (ME), and Cumia Inferiore (ME), among others. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a Prayer to Santa Marina. The accompanying photo was taken at the 2014 Feast of Santa Marina in Inwood, Long Island.
Preghiera a Santa Marina
Salve, o Marina vergine
che avvinta al Redentore
soffristi il disonore
con tacito pudor.

Di santo ardore sfolgora
il nostro cuore triste
che per amor di Cristo
sopporti ognor dolor.

Pura innocente vergine
per gli altri penitenti
con la tua fiamma ardente
purgasti L'altrui error.

Sia gloria nell'empireo
al santo Genitore
al Figlio e all'Amore
in cielo, in terra ognor.

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 the Societá San Calogero di Torretta clubhouse (7520 20th Ave.) in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
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

New Music – Letizia Belmondo: Neapolitan Songs and Famous Melodies

New music that may be of interest to our readers.

Neapolitan Songs & Famous Melodies featuring Letizia Belmondo

Label: Tactus
Release Date: July 6, 2018
Audio CD: $16.99
Number of Discs: 1

Available at Amazon.com

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June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day!

My paternal Grandfather
In celebration of Father's Day I'm sharing a poem by Giuseppe Jovine from Dialect Poetry of Southern Italy: Texts and Criticism (A Trilingual Anthology) edited by Luigi Bonaffini, Legas, 1997, p.162.

My Father's Ties

So many ties laid out, tassels and bows
all made of cotton, of light wool or silk,
rose-colored, deep blue or red and black,
hanging inside the closet in neat rows.
Mount Vesuvius's plume of smoke, and the sea
of Margellina on a picture landscape,
then a bridge and a river on a crease
underneath the Pope wearing his skullcap.

At every knot upon those colored neckties
my father's hands blossomed into flowers,
at every knot upon those colored neckties
in a brightly-lit room before a mirror
those hands played music on an instrument.
Now all those neckties with so many colors
seem instruments that lie bereft of sound.

Translated by Luigi Bonaffini

Le cravatte de tata

Quanta cravatte, schiocche e nucchetelle
de seta, de cuttone e de lanetta,
roscie e nere, turchine e rusatelle
appise 'n fila dentr'a la tuletta!
A 'na targhetta lu pennacchie 'e fume
du Vesuvie e lu mare a Margellina,
a nu resvolte nu ponte e nu sciume
sott'a lu Papa che la papalina.

A ogne nude de chille cravatte
ievene sciure le mane de tata,
a ogne nude de chille cravatte
'nnanz'a lu specchie na stanza lucente
sunavene lle mane nu strumente!
Tutte chille cravatte culurate
mò parene struminte senza fiate.

da Lu pavone, 1983

Announcing the 2018 Giglio Feast of San Paolino Di Nola in Franklin Square, Long Island


June 16, 2018

Viva Sant'Antonio! A Look at the 2018 Feast of St. Anthony of Padua in SoHo, New York

Wednesday evening the Shrine Church of St. Anthony of Padua (154 Sullivan St.)
celebrated its Titular Feast with a solemn Mass and procession
Before and after Mass, devotees venerate our glorious patron
(Above & below) After Mass, celebrants venerate the relics of Saint Anthony 
Pastor Fr. Mario Julian proffered a relic for veneration
The beautiful high altar with statue of St. Anthony
receiving the apparition of the Infant Jesus
Marble and bronze statuary outside the church
(L) The statue of the Saint is placed on a flatbed. (R) Devotees offer donations 
The procession wends its way through the neighborhood
Our new friends Theresa and Angela devoutly walked barefoot 
Members of the St. Rocco Society of Potenza show their support 
Afterward, we visited Song' e Napule Pizzeria for our celebratory meal
I enjoyed a delicious plate of Paccheri alla Genovese,
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Also see:
A Look at the 2017 Festa di Sant'Antonio da Padova in Soho, New York
A Look at the 2016 Festa di Sant’Antonio da Padova in SoHo, New York
A Look at the 2015 Festa di Sant’Antonio da Padova in SoHo, New York
A Look at the 2014 Festa di Sant'Antonio da Padova in Soho, New York