Some photos of the Regina Pacis Academy Christmas Pageant performed at St. Mary’s Church Hall, Norwalk, CT on December 18.
Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Bridgeport
Christmas Day: 10:15 AM
St. Martha, Enfield
Christmas Day: Mass, 12:00 PM
St. Mary Church, Norwalk
Christmas Eve: 11:00 PM, Rosary at the Creche
11:30 PM, Christmas Carols and Organ Music:
Prelude: Es is ein’ Ros’ entsprungen (Johannes Brahms, 1833-1897)
Hymn: Once In Royal David’s City (Irby)
Hymn: A La Nanita Nana (anon. Spanish, XVIII C.)
Carol: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (Carol)
Hymn: Joys Seven (arr. Hughes)
Carol: Il est né, le Divin Enfant (arr. Gabriel Fauré, 1845-1924)
Hymn: Riu riu chiu (Mateo Flecha el Viejo, 1481-1553)
Carol: Tu scendi dalle stelle (St. Alfonso Maria de’ Liguori, 1696-1787)
Motet: There Is No Rose (anon. English, XV C.)
Carol: Silent Night (Stille Nacht)
Prelude: Desseins éternels (from La Nativité du Seigneur) (Olivier Messiaen, 1908-1992)
12:00 AM Solemn Midnight Mass:
Hymn at the Procession: Adeste Fideles (John Francis Wade, arr. Willcocks)
Messe solennelle (Louis Vierne, 1870-1937)
Gregorian Mass of Christmas Midnight: Dominus dixit
Motet at the Offertory: Verbum caro factum est (Orlando di Lasso, c.1532-1594)
Motet at the Communion: Quem vidistis pastores (Cipriano de Rore, 1515-1565)
Motet at the Communion: O magnum mysterium (Tomás Luis de Victoria, 1548-1611)
Postlude: In dulci jubilo (BWV 729) Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750)
Christmas Day: 9:30 AM, Solemn Mass:
Prelude: Von Himmel hoch, da komm ich her (BWV 700) (Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750)
Missa Dies sanctificatus (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, c.1525-1594)
Gregorian Mass of Christmas Day: Puer natus est
Gradual: Viderunt omnes (Pérotin, fl. c. 1200)
Motet at the Offertory: Puer natus est (William Byrd, 1540-1623)
Motet at the Communion: Viderunt omnes (Byrd)
Motet at the Communion: Dies sanctificatus (Palestrina)
Postlude: In dulci jubilo (BWV 729) (Bach)
Postlude: Final from Symphony No. 1 (Louis Vierne, 1870-1937)
St. Peter’s Church, 160 Main Street, Hartford
Christmas Eve: Midnight Mass
St. Stanislaus, New Haven
Christmas Day: High Mass 2:00 PM (St. Gregory Society)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Newark,
Missa Cantata, Midnight
Our Lady of Fatima,32 West Franklin Avenue, Pequannock
Christmas Eve: 12:00 AM
Mater Ecclesiae,261 Cross Keys Road, Berlin
Christmas Eve: 10:30 PM Christmas Carols
10:50 PM Blessing of Manger and Christmas Proclamation
11:00 PM Midnight Choral Mass
8:30 AM Low Mass
11:00 AM High Mass
Our Lady of Victories, Harrington Park
Christmas Eve: High Mass 9:00 PM
St. Anthony’s, Monmouth St. between 6th and 7th St.; Jersey City
Christmas Eve: 8:30 PM Concert of Seasonal Sacred Music; 9:00 PM High Mass (with music including the “Spatzenmesse” of Mozart)
St. Anthony of Padua Oratory, West Orange
5:00 PM Confessions
5:30 PM First Mass of Christmas (fulfills the Christmas obligation)
9:30 PM Confessions
10:30 PM Traditional Christmas Carols
11:00 PM Solemn High Midnight Mass (First Mass of Christmas)
7:30 AM Low Mass (Second Mass of Christmas)
9:00 AM Low Mass (Second Mass of Christmas)
11:00 AM High Mass (Third Mass of Christmas)
St. Catherine Laboure, 110 Bray Avenue (off of Route 36);Middletown
Christmas Day: Solemn High Mass 8:45AM
Holy Innocents, New York
Christmas Eve: 7-8 PM – Christmas Carols; Church doors open at 11PM for Carols in preparation for the Midnight Mass; 12:01 AM, Christmas Midnight Mass
Christmas Day: Mass, 10:30 AM
Immaculate Conception, Sleepy Hollow
Christmas Day: Missa Cantata, 3 PM
Our Lady of Peace Church, Carroll Street, Brooklyn, New York
Christmas Day: Missa Cantata, 9:30 AM ( Fr. Joseph Koterski, SJ, celebrant)
St. Agnes, New York
Christmas Day: High Mass: 11:00 AM (with Schola Cantorum)
St. Anthony’s Church, Bronx, New York
Christmas Day: 8:30 AM
A “Rorate Mass” – a Traditional Mass celebrated in honor of Our Lady on the Saturday, December 13. “The title comes from the first words of the entrance antiphon for the Mass which translated means: ” Drop down ye heavens from above” This reminds us that the Lord came down from heaven and became Man in the womb of the Virgin. What makes this Mass so unusual is that it is celebrated in the early morning by candlelight. The celebration should be timed so that the sun begins to rise by the time of the consecration of the Mass.” (Father Cyprian La Pastina, pastor of St. Mary’s)
A mass for the feast of St Lucy in the private chapel of St. Febronia in Hoboken, New Jersey….
The Santa Febronia Chapel was founded in 1927 by immigrants from Patti, Sicily to honor their patroness the Virgin Martyr Saint Febronia and the Madonna of Tindari. The chapel, still the private property of a society of these immigrants, is one of the most important Sicilian American as well as Catholic heritage sites in the country. The chapel both in its interior and exterior has been unchanged from its founding and its faux marble niched altar is a brilliant work of immigrant folk craftsmanship.
This was the first Traditional Mass held at the chapel since the Second Vatican Council. The schola from Saint Anthony of Padua Latin Mass community, Jersey City (formerly of Holy Rosary, Jersey City)sang the Mass. Father Michael Barone was the celebrant.
Prayer to Our Lady of Tindari in Sicilian – recited by the congregation after the mass:
Bedda ‘n terra
Bedda ‘n cielu
Bedda siti ‘n paradisu
Bedda assai, e’ lu Vostru visu.
(Bello sulla terra, Bello nel cielo, Bello Lei e in paradiso; Molto bello e la Sua faccia.)
(Beautiful on earth, beautiful in the sky, beautiful are you in paradise; most beautiful is your face)
St. Febronia of Nisibis. An early Christian nun martyred in Northern Mesopotamia under Diocletian, her cult spread over Constantinople in the 7th century to Sicily (an Eastern Roman possession ground around 530 to 840). She is venerated in Patti, among other places. The statue really should reside in the central niche of the altar, but had been removed for a procession.
Anyone who regularly attends the 9:30 Solemn Mass at St. Mary’s will be familiar with the Schola Cantorum, which sings at that Mass each week. But this evening’s Lessons and Carols service featured the other choirs of St. Mary’s Church—all of which are themselves strong choirs.The depth and quality of the choir program at St. Mary’s is indeed impressive. On the program were the St. Mary’s Choir (which sings weekly at the 11 am Mass), El Coro Hispano de Santa Maria under the direction of Welder Gomez (which sings at the 1:15 Spanish Mass), the St. Mary’s Student Schola, and the Regina Pacis Academy Schola. Musical selections for Advent alternated with scriptural readings, and the evening closed with Adoration and Benediction.
Charles Weaver, Student Schola Assistant Director, accompanies on the mandolin.
The St. Mary’s Choir
El Coro Hispano de Santa Maria
From June 1-4, 2015, an international conference on liturgical formation in light of the new evangelization will be held in New York, under the title:
SACRA LITURGIA USA 2015
CULMEN ET FONS VITÆ ET MISSIONIS ECCLESIÆ
Continuing the initiative of Sacra Liturgia 2013, organized by Bishop Dominique Rey (Fréjus-Toulon, France) in Rome, this conference seeks to support the Church’s saving evangelistic and catechetical mission, as well as the continued revitalization of the liturgical life of the Church, especially in the United States.
The sacred liturgy plays a central, vital role in the new evangelization, attracting souls to the heart of Christ and His Church. For the baptized, the sacred liturgy resides at the heart of the Christian faith and life — indeed it is the “source and summit of the life and mission of the Church.” As Bishop Rey stated at the opening of the 2013 conference in Rome, “The sacred liturgy is not a hobby for specialists. It is central to all our endeavors as disciples of Jesus Christ. This profound reality cannot be overemphasized. We must recognize the primacy of grace in our Christian life and work, and we must respect the reality that in this life the optimal encounter with Christ is in the Sacred Liturgy.”
The conference brings together a wide range of renowned international speakers including Raymond Cardinal Burke; Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone (San Francisco); Dom Phillip Anderson, OSB (Abbot of Clear Creek Monastery); and Dom Alcuin Reid (Monastère Saint-Benoît, Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, France); among others. See the appendix for a complete list of speakers and topics.
Topics addressed at the conference will range from broad subjects like the relationship between liturgy and culture, Catholic identity, youth, the arts, and Catholic education to specific questions like the mid-20th-century changes to Holy Week and the post-Vatican-II reform of the calendar and lectionary. Lectures will take place at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues) which is conveniently located at a subway stop.
The conference lectures will be augmented by working sessions for those in Catholic higher education. Sponsored by The Cardinal Newman Society, the sessions will facilitate a conversation about renewing the liturgical life of Catholic colleges and universities to support the intellectual and moral formation of students and faculty in the Faith.
At the heart of the conference are the liturgical celebrations. There will be Solemn Vespers in the usus antiquior, a Sung Mass in the Dominican rite, and Solemn Pontifical Masses in the usus recentior and usus antiquior. The Solemn Pontifical Mass in the usus antiquior on the feast of Corpus Christi, celebrated on Thursday, June 4th, will be followed by a Eucharistic procession in the streets of New York. Liturgies will be held at the Church of Saint Catherine of Siena (411 E 68th Street), a beautiful Dominican parish on the Upper East Side.
With the prestigious lineup of speakers, as well as the beautiful liturgies planned, those attending the conference will come away with a rich experience of the intellectual heritage and liturgical life of the Catholic faith. The serious intellectual inquiry into the sacred liturgy will prove fruitful for both academics and laymen alike. Attendees will meet Catholics from all over the world, and be afforded the opportunity to build good working relationships with others of those seeking to deepen their love of Christ through the Church’s liturgy, and to continue their work for liturgical renewal.
Approximately 300 participants are expected. Registrations for the whole conference will open on January 1, 2015, and part-time registrations will be possible beginning at Easter. More information about registration, affordable housing, and locations is available at the conference website: www.sacraliturgiausa.org/
The conference is being organized by Rev. Richard Cipolla, Ph.D., D. Phil (Oxon.) and Jennifer Donelson, D.M.A. Media inquiries may be made to email@example.com.
The organizers are grateful to His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan for his kind permission to hold this conference in the Archdiocese of New York, as well as the gracious welcome of the Dominican friars and staff at Saint Catherine of Siena Church. This event could not take place without the generous support of the conference sponsors: the Knights of Columbus, The Cardinal Newman Society, de Montfort Music, Regina Magazine, Granda, Cantica Nova Publications, the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny, and the Church of Saint Catherine of Siena.