Category Archives: Sacred Liturgy

Thanks to our Clergy and Servers

On the occasion of the last scheduled High Mass of this season, the Officers of the St. Gregory Society offer heartfelt thanks to those serving as our Sacred Ministers and Servers at the Altar for their inestimable contribution to the worship of God in the New Haven community.

Elevation of the Chalice
Solemn Mass of Corpus Christi, 19 June 2022
at St. Stanislaus Church, New Haven

The Reverend Peter Lenox, Celebrant
The Reverend Robert L. Turner, Deacon
Mr. William V. Riccio, Jr., Subdeacon
Mr. Michael Nazarro, Master of Ceremonies
Mr. Anthony Carpanzano, Acolyte


The Reverend Richard G. Cipolla
Pastor Emeritus, St. Mary’s Church, Norwalk

The Reverend Michael Vian Clark
Priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport

The Reverend Canon Joel Estrada
Pastor and Rector, St. Patrick Parish and Oratory, Waterbury

The Reverend Peter Langevin
Chancellor of the Diocese of Norwich

The Reverend Peter Lenox
Episcopal Vicar for Liturgy and Worship, Bridgeport

The Reverend Matthew Mauriello
Canon of Orvieto

The Reverend Dennis M. Perkins
Pastor, St. Michael the Archangel Church, Pawcatuck

The Reverend Jan Pikulski
Retired Priest, Diocese of Bridgeport

The Reverend Robert L. Turner
Pastor, St. Ambrose Parish, North Branford


William V. Riccio, Jr.
Master of Ceremonies

Michael D. Nazarro
Assistant Master of Ceremonies

Anthony Carpanzano
James D. Onofrio
Brother Stephen Sheehy, OSB
Paul A. Zalonski, KHS


Holy Week 2022: Good Friday

The Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday will be celebrated in the traditional Latin form at St. Stanislaus Church in New Haven on April 15, at 11:00 A.M. The Reverend Jan Pikulski will be the celebrant.

The Good Friday liturgy is at once one of the most dramatic and austere services of the Church Year. It is comprised of four parts: the lessons, solemn orations, adoration of the cross, and communion.  The externals of this service are marked by both a solemnity and simplicity appropriate to the day.  The altar is bare except for one cloth, the missal stand is not covered, the vestments are black for the first portions of the service and violet for the communion, and bells are not rung.

Most striking perhaps is the Adoration of the Cross in which the priest progressively unveils the cross and thrice chants, each time on a higher pitch, Ecce Lignum Crucis (Behold the Wood of the Cross).  After the cross the unveiled, it is laid on a cushion and the clergy and servers venerate it by removing their shoes and making three double genuflections as they advance toward it before kissing it.  Removing shoes is a common act of piety in the Coptic Rite (Catholic and Orthodox), and reminds us that God told Moses to remove his sandals since he was standing on holy ground (Exodus 3:5).  During the Adoration of the Cross the “Reproaches” are sung by the choir.

Besides the Kyrie regularly sung at Mass, the Reproaches are the only other liturgical text in the Roman Rite in which Greek is used. The Trisagion is sung in both Greek and Latin and is another indication of how ancient certain elements of the Good Friday liturgy are.  Other reminders of the antiquity of this rite are its simplicity with the use of one altar cloth and the rather abrupt beginning of the service with a lack of preparatory prayers.

Music for the service, sung by the Schola Cantorum of the St. Gregory Society, will include Tomás Luis de Victoria’s “Reproaches,” motets by Palestrina, and Loyset Compère, and the proper Gregorian chants.

All Souls Day and the Indulgence

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.

Gaudete Sunday 2018

Left to right: James D. Onofrio, Father Matthew Doughtery, OPraem., Father Peter Langevin, Bill Riccio and Ryan Budd.

Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete. Modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus: Dominus enim prope est. Nihil solliciti sitis: sed in omni oratione et obsecratione cum gratiarum actione petitiones vestræ innotescant apud Deum. Benedixisti Domine terram tuam: avertisti captivitatem Jacob.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand; have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. Lord, you have blessed your land; you have turned away the captivity of Jacob.