The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be observed in a celebration of High Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, State Street at Eld Street, New Haven, this Sunday, December 8, at 2:00 p.m. The Reverend Matthew Mauriello will be the celebrant, and the Schola Cantorum of the St. Gregory Society will sing the Gregorian chant and polyphony for the service.
Although the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady was defined as dogma by Pope Pius IX on 8 December 1854, the veneration of Mary’s spotless holiness is far more ancient. The feast was observed in the East from the 8th century, in Ireland from the ninth, and in England from the eleventh.
As we anticipate the birth of Our Lord on Christmas, let us rejoice with the cry of admiration that the Church puts in our lips in the liturgy: “Tota pulchra es, Maria! – Thou art all fair, O Mary, unstained by original sin.” And so, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, coming in the course of Advent, heralds the splendors of the Incarnation of the Redeemer.
Music for the liturgy will include the Gregorian chant ordinary “Missa Marialis (Vatican ed. IX/X, the proper Gregorian chants, polyphonic motets by Guillaume Dufay and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and organ music by Jean Titelouze.
The Twenty-fourth and Last Sunday after Pentecost will be observed in a celebration of High Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, State Street at Eld Street, New Haven, this Sunday, November 22, at 2:00 p.m. The Reverend Ian Pikulski will be the celebrant, and the Schola Cantorum of the St. Gregory Society will sing the Gregorian chant and polyphony for the service.
On this final Sunday of the Church Year, the Liturgy calls our minds to reflection on the end of this world. The dread of the Last Judgment invoked in the Gospel is offset by the promise of Christ’s second coming in glory with its promise of salvation for the faithful, as expressed in the Introit: “I think thoughts of peace, and not of affliction”.
During this time, let us meditate on last things—death, judgment, heaven and hell—and pray that we receive the discernment to choose to the good in our lives and to resist temptations to do evil.
Music for the liturgy will include the Gregorian chant ordinary “Missa Orbis factor” (Mass XI) the proper Gregorian chants, motets by Heinrich Isaac and William Byrd, and organ music by Charles Tournemire and Alexandre Guilmant
On All Souls Day we will have a solemn celebration commemorating all of those who have died and are now in Purgatory.
The Solemn High Mass (with the Absolution at the catafalque) will be at 11:00 a.m. on November 2nd, thus opening the month of the Holy Souls.
Fr. Peter Langevin , celebrant, Fr. Richard Cipolla, deacon, and Fr. Robert Turner, subdeacon.
Please note: You may bring the names of those you want to enroll in the St Gregory Purgatorial Society to the sacristy prior to Mass.
The spiritual benefits for those enrolled annually in the Purgatorial Society: the All Souls Mass, the monthly First Friday Masses, and devotions during the year for the Souls in Purgatory.
All Souls’ Day – Plenary Indulgence
A plenary indulgence is granted the faithful who, on All Souls’ Day (or according to the judgment of the bishop, on the Sunday preceding or following it, or on the solemnity of All Saints), devoutly visits a church or an oratory and recites an Our Father and the Creed.
– Piously visit a church to pray for the faithful departed
– Say one “Our Father” and the “Creed” in the visit to the church
– Say one “Our Father” and one “Hail Mary” for the intentions of the Pope and worthily receive Holy Communion (ideally both on the same day but may precede or follow by several days)
– Make a Sacramental Confession within 20 days of (before or after) All Souls Day.
The Feast of Christ the King will be observed in a celebration of Solemn Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, State Street at Eld Street in New Haven, on Sunday, 27 October, at 2:00 pm. The Reverend Michael Novajosky, Pastor of the Cathedral Parish of Bridgeport will be the celebrant and homilist, and The Reverend Donald Kloster will be the deacon. The Schola Cantorum of the Saint Gregory Society will sing the Gregorian chant and polyphony for the service.
Pope Pius XI instituted the feast of Christ the King in his Encyclical Letter of Quas primas of 1925. In this letter the Pope showed how laïcism and secularism, by organizing society without any reference to God, lead to the apostasy of the masses and the ruin of society because of their complete denial of Christ’s Kingship, which is one of the greatest heresies of our time. The Pope proposed this feast as an annual liturgical assertion of Christ’s divine right of Kingship as an effective means of combating this pernicious heresy.
By its position on the last Sunday in October, towards the end of the Liturgical Year and just before the All Saints Day, the feast of Christ the King comes at the climax of the celebration of all Christ’s mysteries and a kind of earthly anticipation of his everlasting reign over the elect in the glory of heaven.
Music for the liturgy will include the Gregorian chant ordinary “Missa Marialis” (Vatican edition IX/X), the Mass proper for the feast of Christ the King (“Dignus est agnus”), motets by John Dunstable and Guillaume Dufay, and organ music by Jacques Boyvin and Guillaume de Nivers.