November 30, 2019

Feast of Sant’Andrea Apostolo

Evviva Sant'Andrea!
November 30th is the Feast Day of Sant'Andrea Apostolo (St. Andrew the Apostle), patron of fishermen and protector of Amalfi. To commemorate the occasion, I'm posting a Prayer to Saint Andrew. The accompanying photo was taken at the 2012 Feast of Saint Andrew in New Haven, Connecticut.  
Prayer to Saint Andrew
O glorious Saint Andrew, you were the first to recognize and follow the Lamb of God. With your friend, Saint John, you remained with Jesus for that first day, for your entire life, and now throughout eternity. As you led your brother, Saint Peter, to Christ and many others after him, draw us also to Him. Teach us to lead others to Christ solely out of love for Him and dedication in His service. Help us to learn the lesson of the Cross and to carry our daily crosses without complaint so that they may carry us to Jesus. Amen.

Solemn Votive Mass of St. Nicholas in New York City

November 29, 2019

Constantinian Food Walk

This Thursday, December 5th at 7:00PM join the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George Auxiliary Corps for their monthly food walk. Volunteers will meet at the Church of the Transfiguration cafeteria (29 Mott Street—entrance on Mosco St.) in Chinatown, New York to prepare and distribute food to the homeless.

Anyone interested in supporting this charitable endeavor can contact Cav. John Napoli at jnapoli@smocsg.org or Anna Mavrianos-Cesare at MsAnnaNY@aol.com. For additional information, the Order can be found on FacebookTwitterInstagram or at The Constantinian Chronicle. IHSV

New Music — Il Soffio Di Partenope: Music For Woodwinds From 18th Century Naples

New music that may be of interest to our readers.

Il Soffio Di Partenope: Music For Woodwinds From 18th Century Naples by Ensemble Barocco Di Napoli / Abchordis Ensemble

Label: Deutsche Gram France
Release Date: November 29, 2019
Audio CD: NA
Number of Discs: 1

Available at Amazon.com

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November 28, 2019

Feast of San Giacomo della Marca

Viva San Giacomo!
Photo Courtesy of Anthony Scillia
November 28th is the Feast Day of San Giacomo della Marca (St. James of the Marches), missionary and miracle worker. Counted among the many co-patrons of Naples, the austere friar preached tirelessly against greed and usury. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer to St. James of the Marches. The accompanying photo was taken at St. James of the Marches R.C. Church in Totowa, New Jersey.
Prayer to St. James of the Marches
O God, you have given to the Church in St. James of the Marches a tireless missionary of your word, totally dedicated to the salvation of souls and the conversion of sinners. May his intercession help us to atone for our sins and to walk swiftly on the path of salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who is God.

Felice Festa del Ringraziamento!

Detail of Independence Flagstaff by Anthony de Francisci
Photo courtesy of New York Scugnizzo
We at Il Regno wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday. Even in hard times there is still a lot to be thankful for. We're thankful for our family, our people, and our faith. We're thankful for opportunities to work, and provide for ourselves and our loved ones. We're thankful for the past, because there can be no greater teacher. May we learn our lessons well. Best wishes to you all. Felice Festa del Ringraziamento!

Prayer at Harvest and Thanksgiving

O God, source and giver of all things, you manifest your infinite majesty, power and goodness in the earth about us: We give you honor and glory. For the sun and the rain, for the manifold fruits of our fields: For the increase of our herds and flocks, we thank you. For the enrichment of our souls with divine grace, we are grateful. Supreme Lord of the harvest, graciously accept us and the fruits of our toil, in union with Jesus, your Son, as atonement for our sins, for the growth of your Church, for peace and love in our homes, and for salvation for all. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Next Purgatorial Society Mass: December 2

The New York Purgatorial Society is a pious association dedicated to assisting the poor souls in Purgatory, under the patronage of St. Michael the Archangel. Members hear Mass (Usus Antiquior) monthly and pray daily for the repose of the souls of the faithful departed (one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be). A Solemn Mass with polyphony is offered annually on or around the feast of All Souls.

To become a member, write to nypurgatorial@yahoo.com. There is an annual membership fee of $30 which defrays the cost of the choir at the annual Solemn High.

November 27, 2019

Venerating St. Padre Pio’s Relics at Immaculate Conception Church, in Tuckahoe, New York

On 23 November 2019 members of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George and the Comitati delle Due Sicilie had the honor of venerating St. Padre Pio’s relics at Immaculate Conception Church, in Tuckahoe, New York, originally founded in the parish in 1853 as the area’s second Catholic church.

Graciously overseen by the Saint Pio Foundation, with founder and CEO Maestro Luciano Lamonaca in attendance, a steady crowd of the faithful filed in to the hilltop church to venerate the relics which were comprised of Saint Pio’s crusts of the wounds, cotton-gauze with Saint Pio’s blood stains, a lock of Saint Pio’s hair, Saint Pio’s mantle, Saint Pio’s handkerchief soaked with his sweat hours before he died.

The Saint Foundation made available a variety of prayer and relic cards, as well as novenas, Rosaries, a sculpture of the Saint and a special commemorative necktie by E. Marinella of Naples, as well as a silk foulard with his image.

A special thanks to the Parish and the members of the Saint Pio Foundation for their tireless efforts to promote the faith and the legacy of Padre Pio and for their warm welcome to pilgrims and devotees, many of whom stayed for the evening mass.

Photos and article by Cav. Charles Sant’Elia and Silvia Sant’Elia
Immaculate Conception Church
Saint Pio's relics on display near the sanctuary
Devotees take turns venerating the relics 
A silk foulard with Padre Pio's image 
Cav. Charles Sant'Elia with Saint Pio Foundation
founder and CEO Maestro Luciano Lamonaca

High Mass in Honor of St. Catherine Laboure at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in East Harlem, New York

November 26, 2019

Celebrating the Feast of San Giovanni della Croce at the Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents

"The Return Crucifix"
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Continuing our amazing weekend of prayer, members of the Fratelli della Santa Fede (Brothers of the Holy Faith) gathered at the Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents (128 West 37th St.) in Manhattan Sunday morning for the Feast of San Giovanni della Croce (St. John of the Cross). Arriving early, we attended both the 9:00am Tridentine Low Mass and the 10:30am Tridentine High Mass. Our Pastor, Fr. James L.P. Miara was the celebrant at both.

Between the two Masses, we took the opportunity to pray our daily Rosary and meditate on the Glorious Mysteries. Briefly taking leave of my brethren, I quietly wandered around the church and lit a few candles by the saints.


The Infant of Prague
Praying for the remission of the sins of the poor and forgotten Souls in Purgatory, I lingered awhile by the life-size “Return Crucifix” near the northwest entrance. Made famous by the artist Charles Bosseron Chambers (1882-1964), the Crucifix was thus named because of his moving depiction of a young French soldier he found praying before it. The story goes that the Frenchman was seeking a return to faith before heading to France to fight in World War I.
In memory of St. John of the Cross and my paternal grandmother, I offered a few prayers by the statue of the Infant of Prague near the sacristy. Like the great Carmelite friar and mystic my grandmother had a strong devotion to the Child Jesus, and through my father she passed down her love for the Infant of Prague to me.

Afterward, we joined our fellow parishioners for Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall. Catching up with old and new friends, we enjoyed the usual coffee, tea and wide selection of breakfast fare. In celebration of long-time parishioner Jolanta’s 40th year in the United States, guests were treated to some delicious chocolate or strawberry shortcake. A bottle of green Chartreuse made a fortuitous appearance and we all drank to her health. Offered a second shot of the French liqueur, the Sanfedisti toasted St. John of the Cross. Evviva San Giovanni!


~ Giovanni di Napoli, November 25, Feast of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria

Photo of the Week: Statue of Artemis (Diana) at Villa San Michele, Capri

Photo by New York Scugnizzo

November 25, 2019

Bidding Farewell to the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima at Holy Innocents Church in NYC

Evviva Maria!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Over the years, I’ve attended many memorable Masses at the Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents (128 West 37th St.) in Manhattan. Coming to mind are my first ever Tridentine Mass on the Feast of St. George back in 2015, and my investiture into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George a year later. Both were edifying and life-changing.

More recently, there were the Votive Mass of Exposition, Missa Pro Pace (Peace Mass), and Mass of Reposition during the Forty Hours Devotion; and the consecration of the church's icon of Blessed Charles de Foucauld with the procession of Our Lady of Fatima in Times Square. Though a long time in coming, the beauty and solemnity of these Masses were a big part in my recent decision to only attend the Traditional Latin Mass.

This weekend’s Votive Masses with the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima now ranks among them.
(L) Our friends Elena, Anna and Franca from the Madonna della Neve Society.
(R) My fellow lifters vesting in the sacristy 
Friday afternoon, the sixth Pilgrim Virgin Statue carved decades ago in the Fátima Sanctuary in Portugal arrived at Holy Innocents, the final destination of its month-long tour of the Archdiocese of New York. Traveling around the world, the international statues are meant to help “spread Our Lady’s Peace Plan and Message of Fatima,” which according to the November 10, 2019 church bulletin is “one of prayer, especially the prayer of the Holy Rosary, sacrifice and penance in reparation for sin, and Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary through the Brown Scapular.”
After Mass, the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima
was processed by candlelight around the church
The most crowded I’ve seen the church thus far, devotees from far and wide gathered to venerate the Blessed Mother and celebrate the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Confession, the Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, as well as the Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary were scheduled throughout the day.
Our Lady's message was brought to the streets
Culminating with a Solemn High Tridentine Votive Mass of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the rite for investiture in the Brown Scapular of the Carmelites was unexpectedly offered to those who haven’t already been enrolled in the confraternity. Congratulations to my friends Elena and Andrew, along with all the others present who took the vows.
After Midnight Mass, the statue was processed around the nave
The Mass was sung by Celebrant and Homilist Fr. James L.P. Miara, Pastor of Holy Innocents. Fr. Michael C. Barone, Chaplain for the Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey and the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George was the Deacon; and Fr. Christopher Salvatori, SAC, Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in East Harlem, New York was the Subdeacon. The Sacred Ministers were dutifully assisted by MC Eddy Toribio, nearly a dozen servers, and the very talented Schola Cantorum of Holy Innocents.
The statue circles the nave
Following Mass, the faithful sang and prayed during the outdoor candlelight procession with the Most Blessed Sacrament and Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima through the teeming streets of New York City. Joining fellow parishioners, members of the Fratelli della Santa Fede (Brothers of the Holy Faith), including yours truly, had the great honor of carrying the statue.

Far from over, we returned to the church for the Night Vigil, which included praying the twenty mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary, the St. Michael Chaplet, and prayers of reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
A generous woman handed out mementoes for us to wave during the procession
At Midnight, we again celebrated a Solemn High Tridentine Votive Mass of Our Lady. This time, Fr. Miara was joined by Deacon, Fr. Joseph Zwosta, in residence at St. Mark RC Church in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn and Subdeacon, Mr. Jeffrey Collins. 

At the conclusion of Mass, the congregation sang the Te Deum and the traditional Fatima Farewell while waving white handkerchiefs as the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima was processed around the nave. Placed back in the sanctuary beneath a flower arch, devotees filled the altar rails for a final opportunity to pray or deposit their written intentions into the prayer box next to the statue.
The statue returns to the sanctuary
Having fasted all day on Friday, I joined the die-hards (and there were many) for some refreshments at the late night “coffee hour” in the Parish Hall. Expecting to have just a little caffè and maybe a croissant before hitting the road, I was pleasantly surprised to see a full-on catered meal, with platters and trays of Italian and Polish specialties. Since it was now Saturday and I could eat meat, I decided to stay out way past my bedtime, mingle with the other partygoers, and partake in some delicious affettati e formaggio, kielbasa and bigos.
(L) Fr. Miara says grace before dinner. (R) Trays of affettati e formaggio
God Bless Fr. Miara, his faithful staff, and members of the greater Parish family for keeping Holy Innocents a true bastion of traditional Catholicism during the current crises of the Church. As always, it was a great joy to celebrate our faith together. Evviva Maria!

~ Giovanni di Napoli, November 24, Feast of St. John of the Cross
Assorted salumi, cheeses, fruit, and stuffed grape leaves 
Pork kielbasa 
Chicken with fava beans 
Beef with barley 
Cakes adorned with Our Lady's image

Feast of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria

Saint Catherine of Alexandria (c. 1650)
Workshop of Bernardo Cavallino
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
November 25th is the Feast Day of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria (St. Catherine of Alexandria), virgin and martyr. Also known as St. Catherine of the Wheel, because she was tortured with a spiked breaking wheel, she is the patroness of millers, potters and spinners, among others. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer to St. Catherine of Alexandria. The accompanying photo was taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan.
Prayer to Saint Catherine of Alexandria
Glorious Saint Catherine, virgin and martyr, help me to imitate your love of purity. Give me strength and courage in fighting off the temptations of the world and evil desires. Help me to love God with my whole heart and serve Him faithfully. O Saint Catherine, through your glorious martyrdom for the love of Christ, help me to be loyal to my faith and my God as long as I live.

November 24, 2019

Feast of San Giovanni della Croce

Evviva San Giovanni!
November 24th is the traditional Feast Day of San Giovanni della Croce (St. John of the Cross), Doctor of the Church and patron saint of poets, contemplatives, and mystics. A major figure of the Counter-Reformation, St. John was a reformer of the Carmelite Order and, with St. Teresa of Avila, a founder of the Discalced Carmelites. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a Prayer to St. John of the Cross. The accompanying photo was taken outside St. Athanasius School in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

Prayer to St. John of the Cross


Saint John of the Cross, in the darkness of your worst moments, when you were alone and persecuted, you found God. Help me to have faith that God is there especially in the times when God seems absent and far away. Amen 

November 23, 2019

Feast of Santa Felicita

Evviva Santa Felicita!
November 23rd is the Feast Day of Santa Felicita Martire (St. Felicity the martyr), patron saint of widows and grieving parents. Principal protectress of Torricella Peligna (CH), Collarmela (AQ) and Isca sullo Ionio (CZ), she is commonly known as the mother of the Seven Martyrs whose Feast is celebrated on July 10th. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a prayer in her honor. The accompanying photo of silver miniature was taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. Dated 1762, the prized statuette was copied after Giacomo Serpotta's (b. 1652 Palermo–d. 1732 Palermo) stucco figures of Augustinian nuns in Sant'Agostino, Palermo.
Prayer to St. Felicita
All-powerful, ever-living God, turn our weakness into strength. As you gave your martyrs St. Felicitas and her sons the courage to suffer death for Christ, give us the courage to live in faithful witness to you. Grant 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.

November 22, 2019

Feast of Santa Cecilia

Evviva Santa Cecilia!
November 22nd is the Feast Day of Santa Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr. Patroness of music and musicians, Saint Cecilia’s Day marks the beginning of the Christmas season in southern Italy. Traditionally celebrated with music and concerts, it is also customary to enjoy le pettole di Santa Cecilia, a fried dough specialty sometimes sprinkled with sugar or stuffed with anchovies, capers and codfish. In commemoration, I'm posting A Prayer to Saint Cecilia. The accompanying photo of The Ecstasy of St. Cecilia is by Bernardo Cavallino (ca.1616-1656), courtesy of the Museo di Capodimonte in Napoli.
A Prayer to Saint Cecilia
O glorious saint, who chose to die instead of denying your King, we pray you please to help us as His fair praise we sing. We lift our hearts in joyous song to honor Him this way. And while we sing, remember-ing, to sing is to doubly pray. At once in our hearts and in our tongues we offer double prayer sent heavenward on winged notes to praise God dwelling there. While in our hearts and tongues we try with song to praise God twice, we ask dear saint, to help us be united close to Christ! Amen.

November 20, 2019

The Long Awaited Return of the Tridentine Mass to St. Finbar Church in Bath Beach, Brooklyn

Saint Finbar RC Church
Photos by Cindy Brolsma and New York Scugnizzo
The plan on Sunday was to attend High Mass at Holy Innocents Church (128 West 37th St.) in Manhattan, briefly mingle with friends at coffee hour, then bolt back to Bath Beach, Brooklyn for the first Traditional Latin Mass to be celebrated in 49 years at St. Finbar Church (138 Bay 20th St.). However, due to subway track maintenance and the MTA’s less than stellar bus and shuttle service I could not make it into the city in time. One cannot help but wonder why two hours is not enough time to get from one part of the city to another?

Looking to avoid a similar commuting fiasco (and having to go to a local Novus Ordo Mass), I decided to go to St. Finbar’s straight away. Good thing I did, because I actually walked the distance before spotting a bus.
The Sanctuary and High Altar
Annoyed with the MTA, my real grievance is with the current state of the Catholic Church. Unfortunately, you expect bad service from a bureaucratic government agency; but why must one have to travel hours, passing several other churches on the way, just to be able to attend a Tridentine Mass? If made available at every church, the way it should be, traditionalists (i.e. Catholics) wouldn’t have to go gallivanting around the city every Sunday or holy day.

Unquestionably worth all the effort, we’ll continue to support the Traditional Mass wherever it is held and will not rest until its celebrated everywhere.
Parishioners filled the pews around the scaffolding
Now with the unpleasantries out of the way, let’s discuss the more pertinent part of the day.

Arriving early at St. Finbar, I was finally able to see the newly restored nave and sanctuary with the lights on. Having only visited the bedimmed church on Holy Thursdays, it is one of our favorite places to spend time at the Altar of Repose. Still under renovation (they are currently cleaning the ceiling murals), Pastor Fr. Michael Louis Gelfant has done an amazing job restoring the grandeur of the old church by reinstalling the altar rails and pews, as well as uncovering the original marble floor with inlaid roses.
Our new friends Vincent Maida, and Gianna and John Mazzola 
Warmly welcomed, longtime parishioner Vincent Maida was kind enough to show me some of the terrific restoration work he did for the church. In addition to touching up the Stations of the Cross, the former employee of the Guggenheim Museum restored two heavily damaged oil paintings depicting the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the narthex.
The restored paintings in the narthex
Following the Asperges rite, the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was celebrated by Fr. Rafael Perez, the Parochial Vicar at Divine Mercy Parish, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Sitting in choir, Fr. Gelfant was the homilist. The sacred ministers were dutifully assisted by Michael and Vinnie, who regularly serve at Our Lady of Peace Church (522 Carroll St.) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The chants and organ accompaniments were performed by Director of Music Alex Violette and Andrew Violette.
Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii and a Guatemalan style St. Michael
Afterward, I had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of several parishioners, who were very enthused about the prospect of celebrating the Extraordinary Form of the Mass regularly at the church. Sadly, we learned that Fr. Gelfant is scheduled for reassignment and will be leaving in January. Understandably, there are serious concerns that all the improvements he made at St. Finbar are in jeopardy. We pray for the incoming Pastor.
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and Saint Rose of Lima
Thank you to all the members of the congregation for your warmth and hospitality, it was a tremendous joy to celebrate our faith together. God bless Fr. Gelfant, we wish him great success at his new parish and will keep him in our prayers. Special thanks to my friend Cindy Brolsma from Brooklyn Latin Mass for giving me a lift home and helping me avoid another frustrating misadventure with public transportation.

~ Giovanni di Napoli, November 19th, Feast of Santa Elisabetta d'Ungheria
Saint Gerard Majella and Saint Andrew the Apostle
Santissimo Crocifisso and Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
As an aside, the 40 Hour Devotion will be celebrated at St. Finbar from Thursday 21st through Saturday 23rd.

Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima to Visit the Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents in New York City

November 19, 2019

Feast of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

Evviva Santa Elisabetta d'Ungheria!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
November 19th is the traditional Feast Day of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, patron saint of nurses, the poor, the homeless and widows. Living a life of prayer and sacrifice, her compassion towards the sick and the poor endeared her to the whole of Christendom. To commemorate the occasion, I'm posting a Prayer to Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. The accompanying photo was taken at Most Precious Blood Church (109 Mulberry Street), the national shrine of San Gennaro, located in New York City's historic Little Italy.
Prayer to Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
Our father in heaven, Your servant, Saint Elizabeth brought care to the sick, food to the hungry and hope to the hopeless, grant us thy blessing that we may follow in her footsteps with love and joy in our hearts. Amen.

Photo of the Week: The Certosa di San Giacomo, Capri

Carthusian monastery founded in 1363 by Count Giacomo Arcucci
Photo by New York Scugnizzo

Giuseppe Petrosino — Saluting an Italian American Crime Fighter

Tuesday, November 19th (7pm–9pm)

Italian Charities of America
83-20 Queens Blvd.
Elmhurst, New York 11373

As part of the Italian American Speaker Series at the Italian Charities of America we welcome our guest speaker Anne T. Romano, Ph.D., author of Italian Americans in Law Enforcement, who will trace the life and legacy of Lt. Giuseppe Petrosino, beginning with his birth in Padula, Italy, his career in the NYPD, and the continuing significance of his legacy.

Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Call for more information at 718-478-3100 or email us at info@Italiancharities.org. Check us out on the web: www.italiancharities.org; like us on Facebook and Instagram.

Solemn Mass in Honor of St. Francis Xavier in the Bronx, New York