Monday, December 21, 2015

O Antiphon Dinner at the Church of the Holy Innocents (NYC) on Thursday, December 17, 2015

Below are some pictures of the events that took place at the Church of the Holy Innocents (NYC) on Thursday, December 17, 2015 (the beginning of the O Antiphons).
 
The evening started with a Solemn Mass celebrated by our Pastor Fr. Leonard Villa. Fr. Stephen Saffron was the Deacon, and Fr. Christopher Salvatori was the Subdeacon.
 
The purpose of the Dinner was to show gratitude for the Priests who have helped at Holy Innocents (particularly with the traditional Mass) throughout the year.
 
 
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Holy Innocents' Regina Coeli Council (#423) of the Knights of Columbus sponsored its 2nd Annual "O Antiphon" Dinner on December 17th to honor/thank the priests who celebrate the Traditional Mass at Holy Innocents.
Tickets for the Dinner sold out nearly a week before the Dinner.  Holy Innocents'  Church Hall, home of the parish's Thrift Shop, was transformed for the blacktie Dinner.
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Tables were nicely and neatly set
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Among the priests attending the dinner were Fr. Leonard Villa, Pastor of the Church of the Holy Innocents, Canon Wulfran Lebocq, ICK, Canon Jean-Marie Moreau, ICK, Fr. Richard Munkelt, Fr. Robert Rodriguez, Fr. Stephen Saffron, Fr Christopher Salvatori, CAS, Fr. Marion Wierzchowski, CAS, and Fr. John Zuhlsdorf.
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Every Priest who attended the dinner received a gift (a copy of Cardinal Sarah's excellent book God or Nothing).
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From L to R: Canon Jean-Marie Moreau, Fr. Christopher Salvatori, and Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
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The Dinner was a fundraiser to help restore Holy Innocents' Msgr. Dineen Monstrace.  Msgr. Aloysius Dineen — who was himself a life-long member of the Regina Coeli Council — commissioned the Monstrance during his term as Pastor of the Church of the Holy Innocents from 1931 - 1951.
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After hors d'houvres, Fr. Villa blessed the food and then many of the Priests in attendance joined Holy Innocents' Schola singing the Magnificat with the O Antiphon for December 17th (O Sapientia) facing the statue of Our Lady.
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Fr. Robert Rodriguez 
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Fr. Marian Wierzchowski
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Fr. Richard Munkelt 
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 Canon Wulfran Lebocq
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Fr. Leonard Villa (Pastor of Holy Innocents) and Fr. Zuhlsdorf 
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Following dessert, Holy Innocents Vox in Rama choir sang a preview piece (Veni Emmanuel) from its concert Advent and Christmas from Around the World (on Saturday, December 19th). 
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The main cake (there were two!) had the beginning of the O Antiphon for that day written on it. The cake was delicious! 
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Fr. Stephen Saffron (Chaplain of the Regina Coeli Council of the Knights of Columbus) and some of the Officers 
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Knights of Columbus in attendance
 
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At the end of the evening, there was a drawing for four (4) premium tickets ($200 each) to a performance of the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular given by an anonymous donor to support the Dinner.  Anthony Fountain and Vladimir Quirico each won two tickets.


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE AT THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS (New York City)


CHURCH OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS

CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE


1. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2015 – There will be a Mass at 1:00 PM for the Vigil of the Nativity.

At 11:30 PM, there will be a Program of Sacred Christmas Music before the Midnight Mass.

 

2. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2015 (Midnight Mass) – At 12:01 AM, we will have our Midnight Solemn Mass, which will be preceded by the Program of Sacred Christmas Music at 11:30 PM. The solemn blessing of the Nativity Scene will be done immediately before the Mass.

After the Midnight Mass, there will be a very festive Reception in the Parish Hall.

Later that same day, we will have the Christmas “Day” Mass at 10:30 AM.

 

3. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2015 – The Mass for the Feast of St. Stephen will be at 1:00 PM.

 

4. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2015 – The Mass for the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas will be at 10:30 AM. The usual Sunday Coffee Hour will take place after the Mass.

Sunday Vespers and Benediction will be at 2:30 PM, preceded by the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 2:00 PM.

(The recitation of the Holy Rosary and Sunday Vespers followed by Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament takes place every Sunday of the year at the Church of the Holy Innocents).

 

5. MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2015 – TITULAR FEAST OF OUR PARISH

For the Feast of the Holy Innocents, there will be an 8:00 AM (English) Mass followed by Exposition and Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

There will also be a Prayerful Pro-Life Procession to an abortion clinic nearby, while the faithful recite the Rosary and sing some hymns. This is organized by the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Renewal.

At 11:00 AM, the procession will return to the church for Benediction and Reposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Immediately after, hot lunch will be provided in the Parish Hall.

At 6:00 PM, there will be a (traditional) Solemn Mass for the 1st class Feast of the Holy Innocents.

On this day, a PLENARY INDULGNCE (under the usual conditions) can be obtained by the Faithful who devoutly visit the Church of the Holy Innocents and recite one Our Father and the Creed.



6. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2015 – The usual Wednesday Sung Mass will take place at 6:00 PM.

 

7. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2015 – For New Year’s Eve, we will have the traditional Mass at 1:00 PM. The solemn Te Deum will be sung.

A PLENARY INDULGENCE (under the usual conditions) can be obtained by the Faithful who partake in the public recitation of the Te Deum on the last day of the year.



8. FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 2016 – For the Octave of the Nativity (Circumcision) of Our Lord, Holy Innocents will have its traditional Mass at 1:00 PM.


This day is a Holy Day of Obligation and all Catholics must fulfill their obligation to attend Holy Mass.

At the beginning of the Mass, we will sing the Veni, Creator.

A PLENARY INDULGENCE (under the usual conditions) can be obtained by the Faithful who partake in the public recitation of the Veni Creator on the first day of the New Year.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Fr. Leonard Villa's 29th Anniversary of Ordination (Nov. 15, 2015) - Church of the Holy Innocents

Below are photos of the 10:30AM Mass at Holy Innocents this past Sunday, November 15, 2015 (6th Resumed Sunday after Epiphany).
 
Because it was Fr. Villa's 29th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood, the special collects for himself were prayed and the solemn Te Deum was chanted at the end of the Mass.
 
After the Mass, a very nice reception took place in the parish hall attended by many parishioners and Fr. Villa's family.


Photos Taken by Ms. Diana Yuan

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Preparations of the parish hall in progress
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The Sacred Heart "theme" was present because of the great devotion Fr. Villa has to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
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Preparations of the Sanctuary
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Preparations in the Sacristy
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The Asperges
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Prayers at the Foot of the Altar
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Incensation at the Introit
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Chanting of the Epistle
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Chanting of the Gospel
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There was a very good attendance
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The Creed
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Offertory incensation
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The Sanctus
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The Canon
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Elevation of the Sacred Host
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There were two big cakes and a very special gift for Fr. Villa from the parishioners
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Wine being distributed for the toast that was going to be made in honor of Fr. Villa
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The toast in which Fr. Villa was thanked for the wonderful job he has done at Holy Innocents
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A book for people to sign and write their wishes for Fr. Villa. The cover was created by one of our servers (all done by hand)
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The big, gold-plated Tabor was the gift from the parishioners for Fr. Villa
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