Thursday, October 30, 2014

ALL SOULS' DAY - Holy Innocents Church, NYC

On November 3rd, 2014, the Church of the Holy Innocents in midtown Manhattan (NYC) will be observing the Commemoration of All Souls' Day with a traditional Solemn Mass at 6pm.

The Choir will sing Critobal Morales' Missa pro defunctis for 5 voices.

Fr. Carlos Viego will be the Celebrant of the Mass.

Tapers will be distributed to be held at the Gospel, during the Canon, and for the Rite of Absolution.

 
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RESPECT for the dead is not an exclusively Christian sentiment … But it is Christianity that has strengthened, transformed and elevated these deep-seated sentiments of our common nature. They are no longer vague and uncertain; they are sustained and sanctioned by revealed truth and, in particular, they rest upon the central dogma of our faith, the resurrection of the dead. The dead body will come to life again. Nay, it is not dead, but sleepeth. It is only buried—typically, no less than really, laid in a narrow “cell,” in a place of “rest,” “in a hostelry,” to await the angel’s trumpet call at the end of time.

 

Catholic teaching regarding prayers for the dead is bound up inseparably with the doctrine of Purgatory and the more general doctrine of the Communion of the Caints, which is an article of the Apostle's Creed. The Council of Trent (Sess. XXV) defined, “purgatory exists, and the souls detained therein are helped by the suffrages of the faithful, but especially by the acceptable sacrifice of the altar.
 
Before the death of Christ, to die was seemingly to fall into nothingness, or, at least, to lose the body for ever, the spirit to grope its way through shadows of the unknown. Christ expelled those shadows with His light, and because good Christians now belong to Christ, not to the devil, they are Christ's to live and to die with Him; and therefore, death opens up to them on their departure from this life prospects of unalloyed happiness

 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tribute to Pope and Pastor : Church of the Holy Innocents

CHURCH OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS, NYC


 
It is an undeniable fact that Pope Benedict XVI, in his motu proprio Summorum Pontificum cura, restored something that was extremely needed in the life of the Church.  Pope Benedict realized that the use of the traditional books would bring much good and healing, and he felt encouraged that “young persons too have discovered this liturgical form, felt its attraction, and found in it a form of encounter with the Mystery of the Most Holy Eucharist.”
 
This led him to encourage the leaders in the Church to “generously open [their] hearts and make room for everything that the faith itself allows.” This call to have a generous heart was heard at the Church of the Holy Innocents in midtown Manhattan (NYC) by Fr. Thomas Kallumady 6 years ago when he opened the doors of the parish entrusted to him to a small traditional community, which has now grown tremendously in a very short time and in a very inspiring way.
 
Holy Innocents has become known as the only church in the entire Archdiocese of New York to have the daily celebration of the traditional Mass, as well as being the only parish to have solemn Vespers every Sunday of the year (in addition to being known for having a Shrine for the Unborn). The result of this generous openness has been an inspiring revival of the parochial life of this church. Attendance and collections have increased, lay participation and donations have been generous and committed, and popular pious devotions have become more common, all of which has brought about a very active, vibrant community of faith.
  
Generosity and dedication such as the one seen at this parish church, which answered the call of Pope Benedict with complete trust and faith in God, tends not to go unrecognized. In gratitude and tribute to Pope Benedict and Fr. Thomas Kallumady, Mr. Donald Reynolds and Mrs. Nancy Reynolds have overseen the sculpturing and casting of a medal to honor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Fr. Thomas Kallumady, previous Pastor of the Church of the Holy Innocents.
    
The medals (and a letter) were sent to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI for giving back the traditional Mass to the entire Church, to Father Thomas Kallumady for allowing the traditional community, and to his Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan as moderator of the Church’s liturgical life in the Archdiocese of New York. 
 
The sculptor and medalist was Mr. Andrew Pitynski, and the medal was cast by Mr. Johnson Atelier on August 4, 2014 (Feast of St. John Marie Vianney).
 
Two medals are being placed in important medal collections for research and study by medal scholars, art historians, and interested parties: The National Sculpture Society and the Token and Medal Society.
        
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“What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful. It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place.”
 

 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Outdoors Procession of St. Martin de Porres - Holy Innocents, NYC

On Sunday, September 7th, 2014, the Church of the Holy Innocents had an outdoors procession organized by the Confraternities of St. Martin de Porres (the ones in black and white) and of El Señor de los Milagros (the ones in purple). These confraternities used to meet at another chapel, but since that chapel is not available anymore (and it will be closed), they have decided to come to the Church of the Holy Innocents for Mass at 12:30pm on the first Sunday of the month.
 
Since this group started to attend the 13:30pm Mass at Holy Innocents (which is mostly in English with some of the readings, hymns, and announcements in Spanish), that Mass now gets about 50-60 more people than it did before and more money in the collection. Will there be a demand for a Mass in Spanish soon, since Spanish is obviously the language with which most of these parishioners feel more comfortable?
 
During the procession, a lot of people walking by stopped to ask what this was about and who the Saint was and why he achieved the status of holiness, etc. Most of the English-speakers with limited knowledge of Spanish traditions liked the traditional hymns the band played, as well as the robes made for the Saint and the habit of the male and female members of the Confraternities of the Devoted Brothers of St. Martin de Porres and of El Señor de los Milagros.

 
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This is a video of the procession in 2009.

Tribute to Pope and Pastor: Church of the Holy Innocents


It is an undeniable fact that Pope Benedict XVI, in his motu proprio Summorum Pontificum cura, restored something that was extremely needed in the life of the Church.  Pope Benedict realized that the use of the traditional books would bring much good and healing, and he felt encouraged that “young persons too have discovered this liturgical form, felt its attraction, and found in it a form of encounter with the Mystery of the Most Holy Eucharist.”
  
This led him to encourage the leaders in the Church to “generously open [their] hearts and make room for everything that the faith itself allows.” This call to have a generous heart was heard at the Church of the Holy Innocents in midtown Manhattan (NYC) by Fr. Thomas Kallumady 6 years ago when he opened the doors of the parish entrusted to him to a small traditional community, which has now grown tremendously in a very short time and in a very inspiring way.
  
Holy Innocents has become known as the only church in the entire Archdiocese of New York to have the daily celebration of the traditional Mass, as well as being the only parish to have solemn Vespers every Sunday of the year (in addition to being known for having a Shrine for the Unborn). The result of this generous openness has been an inspiring revival of the parochial life of this church. Attendance and collections have increased, lay participation and donations have been generous and committed, and popular pious devotions have become more common, all of which has brought about a very active, vibrant community of faith.
  
Generosity and dedication such as the one seen at this parish church, which answered the call of Pope Benedict with complete trust and faith in God, tends not to go unrecognized. In gratitude and tribute to Pope Benedict and Fr. Thomas Kallumady, Mr. Donald Reynolds and Mrs. Nancy Reynolds have overseen the sculpturing and casting of a medal to honor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Fr. Thomas Kallumady, previous Pastor of the Church of the Holy Innocents.
   
Attached is a copy of a flyer with a picture of the front and the back of the medals that were made.
  
The medals were sent to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI for giving back the traditional Mass to the entire Church, to Father Thomas Kallumady for allowing the traditional community, and to his Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan as moderator of the Church’s liturgical life in the Archdiocese of New York. 
  
The sculptor and medalist was Mr. Andrew Pitynski, and the medal was cast by Mr. Johnson Atelier on August 4, 2014 (Feast of St. John Marie Vianney).
  
Two medals are being placed in important medal collections for research and study by medal scholars, art historians, and interested parties: The National Sculpture Society and the Token and Medal Society.
        
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As an extension, it could be said that this medal is also, indirectly, a recognition of the hard work that many lay parishioners at Holy Innocents have done to make sure that the parochial life of the Church of the Holy Innocents may be fruitful, welcoming, and for the greater glory of God as expected by Pope Benedict.
 
“What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful. It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place.”
 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Vibrant Community at Holy Innocents Prays for Persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria (Again!)


The active and vibrant community of faith at the Church of the Holy Innocents (West 37th Street in NYC) once again had a rally/vigil for peace to pray for those persecuted in Iraq and Syria.
 
Just as for the vigil on Monday, August 11, 2014, also for this one on Friday, August 22, 2014, there were many people in attendance for the Mass and for the rally at Herald Square. The rosary was prayed, hymns were sung, and the chaplets of St. Michael and Divine Mercy were prayed as well in front of Macy’s.
 
As is usual on Fridays, there was a nice (traditional) Mass with music and incense at 6pm. Then, after the Mass was finished, those who were going to join the rally for peace gathered outside of the church at around 7:30pm to make their way to Herald Square (West 34th Street and Broadway).
 
Many people passing by were curious about what was going on and many were grateful for the pins/buttons that were being distributed for free.
 
Most of those who were part of the rally/vigil for peace were regular parishioners at the Church of the Holy Innocents. Some others were not parishioners, but heard/read about the rally and wanted to express their solidarity with the Christians who are being persecuted in Iraq and Syria.
 
Anyone who asked for these buttons (whether they were part of the rally/vigil or not) got as many as they wanted (for free!).
 
 
THE NEXT VIGIL FOR PEACE ORGNIZED BY THE ACTIVE PARISHIONERS OF THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 AFTER THE 6PM MASS.
 
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 Most of these photos were taken by Mr. Arrys Ortañez
 
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