June 21, 2021

Feast of San Luigi Gonzaga

San Luigi Gonzaga, ora pro nobis

O celéstium donórum distribútor, Deus, qui in angélico júvene Aloísio miram vitæ innocéntiam pari cum pœniténtia sociásti: ejus méritis et précibus concéde; ut, innocéntem non secúti, pœniténtem imitémur. Per Dóminum.

June 21st is the Feast of San Luigi Gonzaga (1568-1591), Jesuit Ascetic and Mystic. San Luigi died in Rome caring for plague victims. Patron saint of Catholic youth and students, he is also invoked against contagious diseases. In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to St. Aloysius Gonzaga in Latin and English. The accompanying photo, courtesy of Andrew Giordano, was taken at the Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista in Matera. Evviva San Luigi Gonzaga!


O God, the dispenser of heavenly gifts, Who in the angelic youth Aloysius didst combine wonderful innocence of life with penance, grant to his merits and prayers that we, who have not followed him in his innocence, may imitate his penance. Through our Lord.

Novena to Blessed Gennaro Maria Sarnelli

Pray novena for nine consecutive days, June 21st — June 29th, in preparation of the Feast of Blessed Gennaro Maria Sarnelli on June 30th.*

O God, in Blessed Gennaro you gave us an outstanding example of compassion and service to the poor. We humbly ask you that, by imitating him and by the help of his prayers, we may believe more fully in your healing presence, bear the suffering of sickness in this life without wavering, and come with joy to the peace of heaven. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

* Prayer reprinted from A Life of Blessed Gennaro Maria Sarnelli: Redemptorist (1702-1744) by Francesco Chiovaro, C.SS.R., Liguori Publications, 2003

June 20, 2021

Feast of San Giovanni da Matera

San Giovanni da Matera, ora pro nobis
June 20th is the Feast of San Giovanni da Matera (St. John of Matera), Benedictine Monk, Mystic, Hermit, Abbot and Wonderworker. Born circa 1070 in Matera, San Giovanni spent much of his life traveling around the Duchy of Apulia and Calabria (mainland Southern Italy), Sicily and the Holy Land in search of a religious house that best suited his strict and austere asceticism.

Subject to numerous celestial and infernal visions, he eventually settled at Pulsano after an apparition of the Blessed Mother inside the Cave of San Michele on Monte Gargano in Apulia instructed him to build an abbey there. His reputation for holiness attracted many followers and obeying her wishes the Basilian monks established the Abbazia di Santa Maria di Pulsano on the ruins of an old pagan temple.

A great wonderworker, many miracles have been attributed to the holy man, including bilocation. According to tradition, a group of friars working in the forest a day's walk from the abbey were set upon by a pack of baying demons. Out of nowhere their white-clad abbot appeared and rained terrible blows down on the foul fiends, forcing them to flee. Once the threat was over San Giovanni was gone. The next day, when the friars returned to the abby, they found their master busy with his tasks. When they recounted what had happened and thanked him, the Saint took no credit and attributed the miracle to the will of God.

Another story tells of the expulsion of evil spirits terrorizing a group of nuns at a nearby monastery. It would seem San Giovanni's saintly reputation proceeded him because his presence alone was enough to drive the spooks from the convent and send them scurrying back to the infernal pits whence they came, never to return.

San Giovanni died of fever at the Monastero di San Giacomo in Foggia, Apulia on June 20, 1139. Originally interred at the abby, in 1177 Pope Alexander III had the Saint's sacred remains moved to the Abbazia di Santa Maria di Pulsano. His relics were translated again in 1830 to the Cattedrale di Santa Maria della Bruna e di Sant'Eustachio in Matera.

In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to St. John of Matera. The Accompanying photo, courtesy of Andrew Giordano, was taken at the Chiesa San Pietro Caveoso in Matera. Evviva San Giovanni da Matera!

Prayer to St. John of Matera

Lord, amid the things of this world, let us be wholeheartedly committed to heavenly things in imitation of the example of evangelical perfection You have given us in St. John. Amen.

Feast of San Silverio

San Silverio, ora pro nobis
O Regem tuum, Pastor ætérne, placátus inténde: et per beátum Sylvérium Mártyrem tuum atque Summum Pontíficem, perpétua protectióne custódi: quem totíus Ecclésiæ præstitísti esse pastórum. Per Dóminum.(1)
June 20th is the Feast 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. In celebration, 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. Evviva San Silverio!

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.

(1) O Eternal Shepherd, do Thou look favorably upon Thy flock, which we beseech Thee to guard and keep for evermore through the blessed Silverius Thy Martyr and Supreme Pontiff, whom Thou didst choose to be the chief shepherd of the whole Church.

(2) Prayer courtesy of the San Silverio Society of Dover Plains, New York. For more about the society visit http://sansilverioshrine.org

Happy Father's Day!

Requiescat in pace
In celebration of Father's Day I'm sharing a poem by Achille Serrao from Cantallèsia: Poems in the Neapolitan Dialect (1990-1997), edited and translated by Luigi Bonaffini, Legas 1999, p. 68-69.

My Father Never Left...

My father never left
the last mouthful in the plate
and didn’t throw away half a cigarette, ever.

I do, times have changed
and so have sayings…
as for instance:
tell me who your father is
I’ll tell you who you are.

Pàtemo nun lassava...

Pàtemo nun lassava
'o muorzo d''a crianza dint' ô piatto
e nun jettava 'a meza sigaretta, mai.

I' si, 'e tiempe só ccagnate
e 'nzieme 'e ditte càgneno...
tanto pe' mme n'ascì:
'e chi sì ffiglio, dimme
e te dico chi sì.

June 19, 2021

Feast of Beata Elena Aiello

Beata Elena Aiello, ora pro nobis
June 19th is the Feast of Beata Elena Aiello, Virgin, Foundress, Mystic and Stigmatic. Born into a pious family on April 10, 1895 in Montalto Uffugo, Cosenza (Calabria), she joined the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood, but was forced to leave before taking her final vows due to her poor health. 

Diagnosed with stomach cancer, she was miraculously cured after receiving visions of St. Rita and Our Lord Jesus Christ. On Friday, March 2, 1923, while meditating on the Passion, she received the stigmata, Crown of Thorns, and the bloody sweat of Gethsemane for the first time. She would bear these mystical gifts each Friday of Lent for the rest of her life. 

With renewed vigor Blessed Elena returned to the congregation (the date is uncertain) and began her apostolate, offering religious instruction to the local children. Founding a new congregation, the Minim Sisters of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, she also established several institutes for orphans, including a high school for young girls who left the orphanage. 

Blessed Elena died on June 19, 1961 in Rome where she had gone to open a new house. Beatified in Cosenza on September 14, 2011, she is invoked against stomach cancer. In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to Beata Elena Aiello in Italian. Evviva Beata Elena Aiello!


Trinità Santa, ti ringraziamo per aver donato alla Chiesa la Beata Elena Aiello, tua serva fedele, segnata nel corpo e nello spirito dalla Passione di Cristo tuo Figlio. Seguendo la via minima del Vangelo ha fatto risplendere il mistero del tuo amore per gli ultimi ed i poveri. Consacrandosi a Te ha confidato unicamente nella tua Provvidenza. Concedici, per sua intercessione, la grazia che imploriamo … e di vederla presto annoverata nel numero dei tuoi Santi. Amen

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Upcoming Tridentine Masses at The Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents in NYC (June 21st — 27th)

The Shrine & Parish Church of the Holy Innocents
128 West 37th Street, NYC 100018

• Monday, June 21st - St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Confessor, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Tuesday, June 22nd - St. Paulinus, Bishop & Confessor, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.


O holy Saint Anthony, pray for healing for my spouse and/or other dear family members who are suffering: 

O glorious Saint! Thou didst escape from the dangers and temptations of the world by disdaining greatness, riches and the comforts of life, and by joining the Canons Regular of St. Augustine; we beseech thee, obtain for us detachment of the heart and a true contempt for the world. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be 

St. Anthony, glory of the Order of Friars Minor,
pray for us who have recourse to Thee that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ! 

• Wednesday, June 23rd - Vigil of St. John the Baptist, 2nd Class - High Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Thursday, June 24th - Nativity of St. John the Baptist, 1st Class - High Mass, 6:00 p.m.



Whenever in the scriptures a name is imposed, or changed for people, by God, it is indicative of great praise and virtue. It was good that our Redeemer’s precursor was ordered to be called John. The name John means “the grace of the Lord,” or “in whom there is grace.” He received a special grace beyond other saints, that of being Christ’s precursor, and he came to proclaim a heretofore unheard of grace to the world, that of entry into heaven. Therefore he who was full of grace himself, and who brought the good news of God’s grace to the rest of mankind, expressed even by his name a proclamation of grace. It was rightly foretold that there was to be cause for exultation for many at his birth, since it was through him that the Author of their regeneration was manifested to the world.

We should note that there was the same proclamation of praise for John by the angels as that declared by the evangelist for his parents. It was testified that they were just before God, and that John was great in the sight of the Lord. How great he was in the sight of the Lord, the Lord Himself suggested, since He alone granted him the virtue of his greatness and knew of it as well, saying, “Among those born of women there has risen none greater than John the Baptist” (Matt 11:11). -- St. Bede the Venerable, Homily 11.19 

• Friday, June 25th - St. William, Abbot, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.


- June 25th 40th Anniversary of the Apparitions at Medjugorje
"Dear children! Once again I am with you today to tell you: Little children, whoever prays does not fear the future and does not lose hope. You are chosen to carry joy and peace, because you are mine. I have come here with the name 'Queen of Peace' because the devil wants worry and war, he wants to fill your heart with fear of the future - but the future is God's. That is why, be humble and pray, and surrender everything into the hands of the Most High who created you. Thank you for having responded to my call." -- March 25, 2021 message to the visionary Marija Pavlovic 

• Saturday, June 26th - Ss. John & Paul, Martyrs, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 1:00 p.m.

• Sunday, June 27th - Fifth Sunday After Pentecost, 2nd Class - Low Mass 9:00 a.m. and Chant Mass 10:30 a.m.


Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus consisting of the chanting of the Litany in Latin with the Act of Consecration will take place each Sunday of June during Benediction following the 2:30 p.m. Vespers. 

Source: June 20, 2021 Bulletin

Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in East Harlem, New York

June 18, 2021

Feast of Santa Marina Vergine

Santa Marina, ora pro nobis
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. She is also venerated on July 17th in memory of the translation of her holy relics to the Chiesa di Santa Maria Formosa in Venice. In celebration, I’m posting a Prayer to Santa Marina in Italian. The accompanying photo was taken at the 2014 Feast of Santa Marina in Inwood, Long IslandEvviva Santa Marina!
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 Sant’Efrem di Nisibi

Sant'Efrem di Nisibi, ora pro nobis
June 18th is the Feast of Sant’Efrem di Nisibi (St. Ephrem of Nisibis), fourth century Deacon, Mystic and Doctor of the Church. He is the patron saint of spiritual directors. In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to St. Ephrem. The accompanying photo was taken at St. Ephrem Church (929 Bay Ridge Pkwy.) in Brooklyn, New York. Evviva Sant’Efrem di Nisibi!


O glorious Saint Ephrem, harp of the Spirit, filled with compassion for those who invoke you, I kneel at your feet and humbly beg you to take my present need under your special protection and to make your prayer mine:

O Lord, Master of my life, grant that I may not be infected with the spirit of slothfulness and inquisitiveness, with the spirit of ambition and vain talking.

Grant instead to me, your servant, the spirit of purity and of humility, the spirit of patience and neighborly love.

O Lord and King, grant me the grace of being aware of my sins and of not thinking evil of those of my brethren. For you are blessed, now and ever, and forever.

V Most holy Saint Ephrem, pray for us

R That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be.

Feast of San Calogero

San Calogero, ora pro nobis
June 18th is the Feast of San Calogero, Calcedonian hermit and miracle worker. 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. In celebration, 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. Evviva San Calò!
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

June 17, 2021

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The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in East Harlem, New York

June 16, 2021

Novena to the Infant Jesus of Prague for the Nine Days Preceding the 25th of Each Month (16th–24th)

1. Eternal Father, I offer to Your honor and glory, for my eternal salvation and for the salvation of the whole world, the mystery of the birth of our Divine Redeemer. Glory be to the Father, etc.

2. Eternal Father, I offer to Your honor and glory, for my eternal salvation and that of the whole world, the sufferings of the most holy Virgin and St. Joseph on that long and weary journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. I offer Thee the sorrows of their hearts at not finding a place wherein to shelter themselves when the Saviour of the world was about to be born. Glory be to the Father, etc.

3. Eternal Father, I offer to Your honor and glory, for my eternal salvation and that of the whole world, the sufferings of Jesus in the manger where He was born, the cold He suffered, the swaddling clothes which bound Him, the tears He shed, and His tender infant cries. Glory be to the Father, etc.

4. Eternal Father, I offer to Your honor and glory, for my eternal salvation and that of the whole world, the pain which the Holy Child Jesus felt in His tender body when He submitted to the rite of circumcision. I offer Thee that Precious Blood which then for the first time He shed for the salvation of all mankind. Glory be to the Father, etc.

5. Eternal Father, I offer to Your honor and glory, for my eternal salvation and that of the whole world, the humility, mortification, patience, charity and all the virtues of the Child Jesus; and I thank Thee, and I love Thee, and I bless Thee without end for this ineffable mystery of the Incarnation of the Word of God. Glory be to the Father, etc.

V. The Word was made flesh.
R. And dwelt among us.

Let us Pray

O God, whose only-begotten Son was made manifest to us in the substance of our flesh, grant, we beseech Thee, that through Him, whom we acknowledge to have been outwardly like us, we may deserve to be renewed in our inward selves. Who lives and reigns with Thee forever and ever. Amen.

Source: Devotion to the Infant Jesus of Prague, TAN Books, 1990

Happy Birthday Princess Beatrice di Borbone!

HRH was born in Saint-Raphaël, France on June 16, 1950
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
Il Regno
 would like to extend our warmest birthday wishes to Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice di Borbone delle Due Sicilie, Dame Grand Cross of Justice and Grand Prefect of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George. May God continue to shower you with all the blessings you truly deserve. Auguri Altezza Reale!

June 15, 2021

Feast of San Vito Martire

San Vito Martire, ora pro nobis
June 15th is the Feast of San Vito Martire. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, San Vito is invoked against neurological disorders (e.g. Saint Vitus Dance), rabies and animal attacks. He is also the patron saint of epileptics, dancers and actors. Widely venerated across Southern Italy, he is the principal protector of Aquilonia (AV), Mazara del Vallo (TP), Ciminna (PA), Forio (NA), San Vito sullo Ionio (CZ), Regalbuto (EN), and Torella die Lombardi (AV), among others. In celebration, I'm posting a Prayer in Honor of Saint Vitus. The photo was taken at St Lucy's Church, National Shrine of Saint Gerard in Newark, New Jersey. Evviva San Vito!
Prayer in Honor of Saint Vitus
Grant us, O God, through the intercession of St. Vitus, a due estimation of the value of our soul and of its redemption by the precious blood of Thy Son Jesus Christ; so that, for its salvation, we bear all trials with fortitude. Give this Thy youthful servant and heroic martyr as a guide and protector to Christian youths, that following his example they may after a victorious combat receive the crown of justice in heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

June 14, 2021

Feast of San Marciano di Siracusa, Vescovo e Martire

San Marciano di Siracusa, ora pro nobis
June 14th is the Feast of San Marciano di Siracusa, Missionary, Bishop and Martyr. Co-patron of Syracuse and Gaeta, he is invoked against terrible storms. Known as the “First Bishop of the West,” tradition says he was a disciple of San Pietro Apostolo and sent to Sicily from Antioch to preach the Gospel. Settling in Syracuse, the wonderworker converted a great many to the Faith before being martyred by the Jews. Some sources say he was bound to a column and stoned to death, while others claim he was tossed off a high tower. In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to San Marciano. The accompanying photo was taken outside the Duomo di Siracusa in Sicily. Evviva San Marciano di Siracusa!

Prayer to San Marciano

O glorious San Marciano, our special patron, turn your gaze as father and guide of the people who invoke and venerate you. Accept our plea and, with your powerful intercession, obtain the long-awaited graces for us [mention your intensions here] Remove the danger of storms and devastating hail from our countryside. Amen.

O Lord, hear our prayers through the intercession of San Marciano and grant the desires of our heart. San Marciano, pray for us!

Photo of the Week: The Fontana della Sellaria

The Sellaria Fountain in Piazzetta Grande Archivio in Napoli commemorates the suppression of the Neapolitan revolution (1647-48) by Viceroy Iñigo Velez de Guevara. Originally located in Piazza della Sellaria, from which it takes its name, the fountain was moved in 1906 following the renovation works at the no longer exstant square. The fountain was designed and built by Onofrio Antonio Gisolfo (active 1637 – d. 1656), the chief royal engineer of the Kingdom of Naples. 
Photo by Andrew Giordano

June 13, 2021

Feast of Sant'Antonio di Padova

Sant'Antonio di Padova, ora pro nobis
June 13th is the Feast of Sant'Antonio di Padova (1195-1231), Franciscan Friar, Mystic, Wonderworker, and Doctor of the Church. Affectionately called the "Hammer of Heretics" and "Ark of the Testament," he is invoked to recover lost or stolen items.
On this day in 1799, under the watchful eye of the great saint, Cardinal Fabrizio Ruffo and his Army of the Holy Faith (Sanfedisti) liberated the Kingdom of Naples from the clutches of the Jacobin satellite state (Repubblica Partenopea) propped up by the French army and restored HRH King Ferdinand IV to the throne.

Widely venerated across Southern Italy, Sant'Antonio is the principal patron of Andretta (AV), Montefalcione (AV), Afragola (NA), Anacapri (NA), Fardella (PZ), Oppido Lucano (PZ), Gorgoglione (MT), Rotondella (MT), and Nicastro (CZ), among others. In celebration, I'm posting a Prayer to Saint Anthony of Padua. The accompanying images depict the victorious Cardinal Ruffo leading the Royalist forces under the protection of Saint Anthony. Evviva Sant'Antonio!
Prayer to Saint Anthony of Padua
O glorious St. Anthony, safe refuge of the afflicted and distressed, who by miraculous revelation has directed all those who seek aid to come to Thy altar with the promise that whosoever visits it for nine consecutive Tuesdays, and there piously invokes thee, will feel the power of the intercession. I, a poor sinner, encouraged by this promise, come to thee. O powerful Saint, and with a firm hope I implore thy aid, thy protection, thy counsel and thy blessing. Obtain for me, I beseech thee my request in this necessity. But if it should be opposed to the Will of God and the welfare of my soul, obtain for me such other graces as shall be conducive to my salvation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Upcoming Tridentine Masses at The Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents in NYC (June 14th — 20th)

The Shrine & Parish Church of the Holy Innocents
128 West 37th Street, NYC 100018

• Monday, June 14th - St. Basil the Great, Bishop & Doctor, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Tuesday, June 15th - Ss. Vitus, Modestus & Crescentia, Martyrs, 4th Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.


June 15: St. Vitus (also called St. Guy), martyr, was born in the third century to pagan parents. As a young boy Vitus had the good fortune to be raised by a pious nurse named Crescentia who, with her husband Modestus, taught Vitus the faith. He embraced wholeheartedly the teachings of the Church and was secretly baptized.

When his pagan father heard of this he was quite incensed and did all in his power to turn his son away from the Christian faith. Since promises and threats were of no avail, he handed Vitus over to a pagan judge who had him whipped. As the pa- gan father was planning a more severe punishment, Vitus was warned by an angel to flee. Accordingly, he departed in the company of Modestus and Crescentia into foreign lands.

During this exile Vitus attained such a reputation for holiness that the fame of it reached the emperor Diocletian himself. The emperor, who had a son possessed by a devil, summoned Vitus to come and cure his son. Vitus did so, but the un- grateful emperor, not being able to persuade Vitus to worship the pagan gods, cast him into prison, together with Modestus and Crescentia.

As they remained steadfast in chains, the emperor then commanded that they be thrown into a cauldron of melted lead, resin and pitch. Like the three Hebrew youths, however, these martyrs sang hymns and remained unharmed. Next Diocletian had them thrown to a lion, which lay down before them and licked their feet. The emperor, now more furious than ever, ordered them to be stretched on a scaffold such that their limbs were broken and all their bones dislocated. As this torture was going on, there were great clap of thunder, bolts of lightning and earthquakes, which caused the temples of the gods to fall down while many pagans were converted.

St. Vitus is invoked against epilepsy, chorea (called "St. Vitus' Dance"), lethargy, paralysis, dis- eases of the nervous system and the bites of poisonous or mad animals, against lightening and storms and for protection of domestic animals. He is considered the patron of actors and is often depicted with a rooster for when he was thrown into the cauldron, a rooster was thrown in as an anti-sorcery antidote. 

• Wednesday, June 16th - Feria - Votive Mass of St. Joseph, 4th Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 17th - St. Gregory Barbarigo, Bishop & Confessor, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Friday, June 18th - St. Ephraem, Confessor & Doctor with Commemoration of Ss. Mark and Marcellian, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Saturday, June 19th - St. Juliana Falconieri, Virgin with Commemoration of Ss. Gervase & Protase, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 1:00 p.m.

• Sunday, June 20th - Fourth Sunday After Pentecost, 2nd Class - Low Mass 9:00 a.m. and Chant Mass 10:30 a.m.


A nine day novena of Holy Masses for all fathers, grandfathers, godfathers and spiritual fathers will take place at Holy Innocents beginning on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20th, and ending on June 28th. Envelopes and cards for this purpose are located throughout the church. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the greatest gift we can give anyone, living or deceased. 

Source: June 13, 2021 Bulletin  

June 12, 2021

Around the Web — June, 2021

Some items of interest from around the web.

Soccavo, Ritrovato un Dipinto “Perduto” di Massimo Stanzione

Madonna di Costantinopoli
Reprinted from Il Crivello.it

Secondo lo storico dell'arte Giuseppe Porzio la pala d'altare raffigurante la "Madonna di Costantinopoli", di grande valore artistico, sarebbe stata realizzata in piena epoca barocca. Dopo il restauro sarà esposta nelle sale del Museo diocesano di Pozzuoli. 

La notizia è sicuramente una di quelle che farebbero emozionare qualsiasi amante dell’arte e della cultura: all’interno della parrocchia di Santa Maria delle Grazie a Soccavo, popoloso quartiere della periferia occidentale di Napoli, più precisamente nella cappella dedicata a San Donato, è stato ritrovato un antichissimo dipinto realizzato dal pittore Massimo Stazione, tra i massimi esponenti del Barocco napoletano. La pala d’altare, finora rimasta ignota e custodita nella cappella partenopea nel più totale anonimato, è stata scoperta da Giuseppe Porzio, docente di Storia dell’arte presso l’Università “L’Orientale” di Napoli, il quale ha riconosciuto l’opera dopo un lungo e attento studio commissionato dall’ufficio diocesano per i beni culturali ecclesiastici. Continue reading

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La Tradizione Napoletana nel Regno di Napoli

Reprinted from IMG Press

Avevo promesso in conclusione del suggestivo studio di Francisco Elias de Tejada, “La Monarchia tradizionale” di sviluppare il tema dell’ultimo capitolo in riguardo al Regno di Napoli. De Tejada, studioso e filosofo spagnolo, nonché esponente del carlismo politico spagnolo, è vissuto a Napoli per sette anni, peraltro sposando una donna napoletana.

Nella parte conclusiva del testo, pubblicato in Italia per la prima volta, dalle Edizioni dell’Albero nel 1966, affronta il tema della tradizione di Napoli, per certi versi si tratta di un inno alla napoletanità. È uno studio che Tejada aveva accarezzato già dagli anni dell’infanzia. E’ un richiamo del sangue che lo ha spinto “a cercare notizie su quel paese azzurro e oro in cui le memorie dei miei antenati e la curiosità dell’incantesimo tessevano leggende”, nonostante tutto senza mettere piede in via Toledo. Già si sentiva Napoletano di cuore. I suoi antenati erano partiti da Napoli tre secoli fa ai tempi del re Filippo IV, per stabilirsi in Estremadura. Continue reading

Feast of Sant'Onofrio

Sant'Onofrio, ora pro nobis
June 12th is the Feast of Sant'Onofrio the hermit, patron saint of weavers and jurists. He is also invoked to help recover stolen or lost objects and by women seeking successful husbands. Widely venerated across southern Italy, he is the principal patron of Centrache (CZ), Sant’Onofrio (VV), Petina (SA), Casalvecchio Siculo (ME), and Serramonacesca (PE), among others. He is co-patron of Palermo (PA) and Sutera (CL). In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to Sant’Onofrio.* The accompanying photo was taken at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Evviva Sant'Onofrio! 
O glorioso Sant’ Onofrio, nostro protettore, devotamente a Te ricorriamo e prostrati davanti alla Tua immagine, con affetto e con gratitudine, ti ringraziamo, ti veneriamo e ti invochiamo.
O Sant’ Onofrio, benedetto anche in terra lontana e straniera, nostro protettore nelle afflizioni e nelle debolezze, allontana da noi ogni male e fa’ che un raggio della Tua luce possa rischiarire la nostra vita.
O Sant’ Onofrio, Tu che sei vissuto nella solitudine del deserto, fa’ che anche noi sul Tuo esempio, possiamo affrontare con coraggio i dolori e i travagli della nostra vita quotidiana, rimanendo sempre fedeli a Dio, camminando sulla via della fede, della speranza e della carita’.
O nostro santo protettore, oggi e sempre imploriamo la tua speciale protezione sulle nostre famiglie, i nostri anziani, vicini e lontani, e specialmente sui nostri giovani.
O nostro amabile protettore, Sant’ Onofrio, con tenero affetto e tanto amore, chiediamo al Signore, tramite la Tua intercessione, di essere sempre protetti da ogni pericolo.
Per Cristo nostro Signore. Amen.
* The prayer to Sant’Onofrio was reprinted from the Committee Sant’Onofrio Centrachese di Toronto

June 11, 2021

Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacro Cuore di Gesù in Napoli
The Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Sacro Cuore di Gesù) is celebrated nineteen days after Pentecost Sunday in reparation for the indignities and sins committed against Our Lord. The devotion has its origins in the eleventh century, but only became widespread in 1690 after the death of its principal exponent St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. First celebrated in 1670, the Feast was eventually extended to the whole church by Pope Pius IX in 1856. The counter-revolutionary movements of the 18th and 19th centuries—such as the Royalists of the Vendée during the French Revolution and the Pontifical Zouaves during the so-called Italian Risorgimento, among others—were steadfastly loyal to the devotion. In celebration, I'm posting the Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, The accompanying photo of the Sacred Heart was taken at the Chiesa di San Ferdinando in Piazza San Ferdinando during my 2007 pilgrimage to Napoli.
Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus 
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, to Thee I consecrate and offer up my person and my life, my actions, trials, and sufferings, that my entire being may henceforth only be employed in loving, honoring and glorifying Thee. This is my irrevocable will, to belong entirely to Thee, and to do all for Thy love, renouncing with my whole heart all that can displease Thee. I take Thee, O Sacred Heart, for the sole object of my love, the protection of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my frailty and inconstancy, the reparation for all the defects of my life, and my secure refuge at the hour of my death. Be Thou, O Most Merciful Heart, my justification before God Thy Father, and screen me from His anger which I have so justly merited. I fear all from my own weakness and malice, but placing my entire confidence in Thee, O Heart of Love, I hope all from Thine infinite Goodness. Annihilate in me all that can displease or resist Thee. Imprint Thy pure love so deeply in my heart that I may never forget Thee or be separated from Thee. I beseech Thee, through Thine infinite Goodness, grant that my name be engraved upon Thy Heart, for in this I place all my happiness and all my glory, to live and to die as one of Thy devoted servants. Amen.

The Traditional Latin Mass is Now Celebrated Every Sunday at 9AM at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Jersey City, New Jersey