August 31, 2018

Terra Sangue Mare Returns to California

Sicilian folk and roots music with Terra Sangue Mare
Terra Sangue Mare returns to California with a series of Sicilian folk music and dance workshops at Chapman University (1 University Dr.) in Orange on September 11th, 12th and 13th.
For more info visit www.michelamusolino.com
They will also perform at the 10th Annual Festa Coloniale Italiana (1630 Stockton St.) in San Francisco on Saturday, September 15th
For more info visit http://www.sfiacfesta.com/

Announcing the 85th Annual Fisherman’s Festival of Santa Rosalia in Monterey, California

This year will mark the 85th Annual Festa Italia Fisherman’s Festival honoring the local fishermen of Monterey, past and present. It is a celebrated event with wonderful Italian food and drink and amazing entertainment. We thank all those who came out and celebrated the Italian heritage with us in the past and we invite all to take part in the sights, sounds, food and culture that make the Italian experience so very special. Mark your calendars now to attend this year’s gathering for three days of Italian cuisine, music, dancing, fun and friendship. This year's Queen Coronation Ball will be held on August 18th at the Monterey Marriott. Tickets are $80.00 per person.

Festival favorites include: unprecedented entertainment, raffles, bocce tournament, parade, Italian food, beer, wine and more, all offering something for everyone's enjoyment.

Hours:
Friday, Sept. 7: 3:00pm–10:00pm
Saturday, Sept. 8: 10:00am–10:00pm
Sunday, Sept. 9: 10:00am–6:00pm

Saturday Schedule
Mass: 10:30am–San Carlos Church

Parade: 12:00pm–Starting at 500 Church Street, proceeding through Downtown Monterey, ending at Custom House Plaza

Opening Ceremony
Blessing of Fleet after parade
Re-dedication of Santa Rosalia statue

FREE ADMISSION!

Share the heritage, culture and the romance of Italy that our local Italian community was built on! Enjoy a feast of sight, sound and wonderful tastes, filled with entertainment.

www.festaitaliamonterey.org

August 29, 2018

The Beheading of San Giovanni Battista

Viva San Giovanni!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
August 29th marks the second finding of the most venerable head of San Giovanni Battista (St. John the Baptist), Prophet and Martyr. Beheaded c.28 AD by Herod the Tetrarch, Saint John’s relics have been hidden from desecration and rediscovered on several occasions throughout the centuries. After the Fourth Crusade (1202-1204) and the sacking of Constantinople, a portion of the Saint’s skull was translated to the Amiens Cathedral in France. Hidden by the Mayor of Amiens during the French Revolution (1789-1799), it was eventually returned to the Cathedral in 1816. In addition to the Passion of St. John the Baptist, the Church commemorates his nativity on June 24th. 
To commemorate the occasion, I’m posting the Collect of the Day. The accompanying photo was taken in the Madonna Incoronata Chapel inside Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Pontifical Shrine in East Harlem, New York.
Collect of the Day
O God, who willed that Saint John the Baptist should go ahead of your Son both in his birth and in his death, grant that, as he died a Martyr for truth and justice, we, too, may fight hard for the confession of what you teach. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Announcing the 6th Annual San Gennaro Festival in Seattle, Washington

www.sangennarofestivalseattle.org

August 27, 2018

Feast of the Madonna Addolorata Del Romitello

Ave Maria!
August 27th is the Feast Day of the Madonna Addolorata del Romitello (Our Lady of Sorrows of Romitello), patroness of Borgetto, Sicily. The celebration recalls the Papal coronation of the miraculous image on August 27, 1922. In commemoration, I’m posting a prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows by St. Alphonsus de Liguori. The accompanying photo was taken in 2014 at St. Luke’s Church in Whitestone, Queens when the sacred image was visiting from the Santuario Santa Maria Addolorata di Romitello, Sicily.
Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows
I compassionate thee, O most sorrowful Mother! Thy heart was pierced with a sword of grief when Simeon foretold to thee in the Temple the ignominious death and the desolation of thy Divine and most dear Son, which thou west destined one day to witness. By the great anguish of thy suffering heart, O gracious Queen of the universe, impress upon my mind, in life and in death, the sacred Passion of Jesus and thine own sorrows. Amen.

Announcing the 2018 Feast of the Madonna Dei Martiri, Hoboken, New Jersey

www.hobokenitalianfestival.com

August 26, 2018

Feast of the Madonna Della Luce

Evviva Maria!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
The last Sunday in August is the Feast Day of Maria Santissima Della Luce (Our Lady of Light), Patroness of Palermiti, Calabria. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer to the Madonna della Luce.* The accompanying photo was taken at Sacred Heart Italian Church in Boston, MA. In nearby Hingham, where large numbers of immigrants from Palermiti settled, the Feast is celebrated each Sunday before Labor Day. 
Preghiera
O Regina dei Martiri, Addolorata Maria, eccomi ai vostri piedi a supplicarvi del vostro patrocinio. O Madre pietosissima, non respingete la mia preghiera, non guardate i miei peccati che piango ai vostri piedi. Io sono indegno dei vostri benefici, ma la bontà vostra, che non ha limiti, mi dà speranza e, Madre vi chiamo, Madre tenerissima e potentissima Regina. Molte lacrime avete asciugate, molti dolori addolciti in virtù dei crudelissimi dolori vostri, in essi dunque ripongo la mia fiducia. Per questi dolori, lenite le mie pene ed impetratemi dal vostro divin Figliuolo Gesù la grazia particolare che qui prostrato vi domando... e di poter meritare una corona di gloria immortale nel S. Paradiso. Amen.
* Thank you Madonna Della Luce Society of Hingham, Massachusetts for providing us with the prayer

Feast of San Gianuario Martire

Viva San Gianuario!
Photo courtesy of Stephen La Rocca
August 26th is the Feast Day of San Gianuario (St. Januarius), Bishop of Carthage and Martyr. He is the principal patron of Marsico Nuovo, a town in the province of Potenza in the Basilicata region of southern Italy. To commemorate the occasion, I’m posting a prayer to San Gianuario Martire. The accompanying photo was taken at St. Mary Magdalene dei Pazzi Church (712 Montrose St.) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
A Prayer to San Gianuario Martire
O Glorious San Gianuario, protector of Marsico Nuovo, you served God in humility and confidence on earth, now you enjoy His beatific vision in Heaven. Help me to strengthen my faith and protect me in conflict. Obtain for me the grace to live a holy life, so that one day I may join you in the Kingdom of Heaven. Amen

Feast of Sant'Oronzo

Evviva Sant'Oronzo! 
Photo courtesy of Lucrezia Nardulli
August 26th is the Feast Day of Sant'Oronzo di Lecce (St. Orontius of Lecce), Bishop and Martyr. Widely venerated in the Salento region of Apulia, Sant'Oronzo is the principal patron of Lecce (LE), Turi (BA) and Ostuni (BR). In commemoration I'm posting a prayer in Italian to Sant'Oronzo. The accompanying photo of sidewalk chalk drawing of the saint was taken during the 2015 Feast in Lecce.
Preghiera a Sant'Oronzo
Gloriosissimo e potentissimo Protettore di questa città, e di chiunque ricorre a Voi Sant’Oronzo, che tanto aveste a cuore la gloria del grande Iddio, e la salute del vostro popolo, sicchè per vedere quella aggrandita, e questa posta in sicuro, non curaste le persecuzioni, né le battiture, neppure l’istessa morte, io benedicendo l’altissimo Iddio, per avervi costituito per Apostolo di queste regioni, per primo cristiano, primo pastore e primo martire, per avervi data tanta possanza di tener lontano dai vostri devoti la peste, i tremuoti, la fame, i morbi e la morte, vi prego prostrato ginocchioni al vostro cospetto, di preservarci da tutti i divini flagelli, e d’impetrarci tutte quelle grazie che bisognano a render tranquilla la nostra vita. Ed in particolare vi prego io umilissimo vostro servo, e divoto del vostro nome che vi degnate, con quella di tanti popoli, di prendere ancora la protezione dell’anima mia, della mia roba, dei parenti, della famiglia ed amici, e specialmente concedetemi la grazia che vi chieggo, di cui vedete la necessità, il desiderio che ne tengo, e il fervore con cui ve ne prego.
(Qui si cerchi la grazia che si desidera) 
Ricordatevi, o grande Oronzo, che io son membro della vostra Chiesa, che amaste da sposa in terra, ed oggi proteggete da sopra i cieli, qual amatissimo sposo. Guardatemi qual pecorella di quella greggia, di cui ancora avete la cura, qual gloriosissimo pastore, ed infine come uno di quei figli che voi rigeneraste nella fede e che ancora amate da affettuosissimo pastore. Concedetemi quel tanto di cui vi prego, e fate vedere nella mia persona, e nelle mie cose, che ancora proteggete, e difendete dal cielo, come ci accertaste, tutti coloro che ricorrono alla vostra potentissima intercessione. Così sia.

Announcing the 93rd Annual Feast of Maria SS del Buoncammino in North Bergen, New Jersey

Also see: A Look at the 2016 Feast of the Madonna del Buoncammino in North Bergen, New Jersey

August 25, 2018

Pilgrimage to the Chiesa di San Gregorio Armeno in Naples

Much appreciated souvenirs from the Chiesa di San Gregorio Armeno:
Santa Patrizia prayer card and pamphlet describing the life of the saint
My dear consorella Rosanna Minervini recently returned to her ancestral homeland of southern Italy to connect with family and explore her rich culture. While in Naples, she visited the Baroque Chiesa di San Gregorio Armeno (Church of St. Gregory of Armenia), the repository of Santa Patrizia’s relics. Knowing my strong devotion to the Saint, Rosanna was kind enough to bring me back a couple of souvenirs and share a few photos she took inside the beautiful church.
The Santa Patrizia chapel
Ornate organ pipes above the chapels
The nave
Placard with prayer to Santa Patrizia
Also see:
A Calabrian Pilgrimage
Feast of Santa Patrizia, Patroness of Naples

Feast of Santa Patrizia, Patroness of Naples

Santa Patrizia (1625) by Leonardo Carpentiero
Photo courtesy of Electra Napoli*
By Giovanni di Napoli
August 25th is the feast day of Santa Patrizia (Saint Patricia), patroness of Naples. Each year the faithful gather at the Chiesa di San Gregorio Armeno (Church of St. Gregory of Armenia) to venerate the saint and view the miraculous liquefaction of her coagulated blood. The church, believed to have been built by Saint Helena (c. 246-330 AD) on the site of the Roman Temple of Ceres, underwent several significant renovations and is the latest resting place of Santa Patrizia and her relics. Continue reading
* Photo reprinted from The Treasure of San Gennaro: Baroque Silver from Naples, Electra Napoli, 1987, catalogue for the exhibit at The Brooklyn Museum of Art (Oct. 28, 1987 - Jan. 18, 1988).

Announcing the 44th Annual Feast of San Nicola di Bari in Scotch Plains, New Jersey

www.sbuitalianfestival.com

August 24, 2018

A Look at the 2018 Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Evviva Santa Rosalia!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Despite running for eleven days (August 16th thru August 26th), I’ve been so busy with work and family of late I thought I would never get to go to the “18th Avenue Feast” in honor of Santa Rosalia; but thankfully Thursday evening I was able to stop by and venerate our glorious patroness and enjoy some of the festivities with a few close friends.
The procession with float and statue will begin at the outdoor chapel on 18th Avenue and 72nd Street on Sunday, August 26th at 3:00pm. Mass will be celebrated in Italian at St. Dominic's Church (2001 Bay Ridge Parkway) at 4:00pm.
Festive street lights line the avenue
John and Rosanna celebrate their faith and culture
Feast organizers acquired a beautiful statue of the saint
from the closed St. Rosalia Church (6301 14th Avenue)
(L) The new statue was placed in the outdoor chapel on 72nd St.
(R) The longtime processional statue stood beside the chapel
Our pal Angelo Timoneri with Gino, Charlie and Anthony 
After saying our prayers, we explored the festive fairgrounds
 I never miss an opportunity for Lucy's hot peppers and stigghiola
We stopped by Staten Island's very own Montalbano's of Rosebank
sausage stand for a few sandwiches
Delicious hot sausage smothered in sweet onions and peppers
A view of the fairgrounds from atop the ferris wheel 
After some fun rides and games we indulged our sweet tooth with some zeppoli
Naturally we made our obligatory stop at Villabate Alba Pasticceria
(7001 18th Ave.) for some espresso and baked iris
And finally, we cooled off with a little gelato from L'Artigiano

Feast of San Bartolomeo

Viva San Bartolomeo!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
August 24th is the Feast Day of San Bartolomeo (Saint Bartholomew), Apostle and martyr. He is the patron saint of tanners, plasterers, cheese merchants, and those who suffer from nervous tics and neurological diseases. Widely venerated across southern Italy he is the principal patron of Lampedusa (AG), Lipari (ME), Giarratana (RG), and San Bartolomeo in Galdo (BN), among others. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer to St. Bartholomew. The accompanying photo was taken at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Belleville New Jersey.

Prayer to St. Bartholomew

Almighty and everlasting God, who gave to your apostle Bartholomew grace truly to believe and to preach your Word: Grant that your Church may love what he believed and preach what he taught; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

Feast of Sant'Audeno Vescovo di Rouen

Evivva Sant'Audeno! 
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
August 24th is the Feast Day of Sant'Audeno (St. Ouen, Archbishop of Rouen), patron saint of Serra di Pratola, Avellino. The cult of Sant'Audeno was introduced to southern Italy by the Normans, who founded several churches in his honor, including the small sanctuary in Montaperto, Avellino; the Chiesa di Sant’Audeno in Aversa, Caserta; and the Apulian-Romanesque Church of Sant’Audeno in Bisceglie, Puglia. Built in 1074, the Church in Bisceglie is one of the oldest consecrated to the French Bishop in southern Italy. An architectural treasure, the church houses a small relic translated from Normandy.
Southern Italian devotion to Sant'Audeno was immortalized in the Miracula Sancti Audoeni, a collection of Saint Ouen’s miracles written after 1047 in Normandy. Included are stories of pilgrims from Andria and Monte Gargano in Apulia who visited the saint’s shrine in Rouen and were miraculously cured of their ailments.
To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer to Sant'Audeno. The accompanying photo was taken at Our Lady of Good Council Church in Inwood, Long Island.
Prayer to Sant'Audeno
God our Father, enable us who honor the memory of Sant'Audeno, archbishop and confessor, to share with him in the joy of eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

Announcing the 95th Annual Feast of the Three Saints in Lawrence, Massachusetts

www.threesaintsinc.org

August 23, 2018

A Look at the 129th Annual Feast of Saint Rocco in Little Italy, New York (Part 3)

The Procession Continued and Dinner Party
Viva San Rocco!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Scenes from Sunday’s 129th Annual Feast of St. Rocco at the Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood in Manhattan’s historic Little Italy. (See Part 1, Mass and Opening Ceremony and Part 2, The Procession)
The procession makes its way through China Town and Little Italy
The color guard lead the way up Mulberry Street
(Above & below) Members and friends of the St. Rocco Society
of Potenza take turns carrying our beloved patron
Devotees Michael and Freddy show their support
Little Italy was hopping with enthusiasm for San Rocco
Stephen, Concetta, Bruno and Italo enjoying the festivities
After the procession, members of the St. Rocco Society
of Potenza pose for a commemorative photo
Peppino's from Bay Ridge generously donated
trays of delicious southern Italian 
fare 
Revelers danced the night away
(Above & below) Partygoers enjoyed a very competitive game of “pass the provolone,” a humorous take on “hot potato,” where the winner gets the cheese
(Above & below) A good time was had by all

Salvatore LaRocca was the big winner
Children help draw the raffle tickets
Also see: The 2018 San Rocco Triduum