Nota Bene: Cancellation of All Saints’ Day Service and Postponement of All Souls Day Requiem Mass.

Most regrettably, the services in the Traditional Latin Rite scheduled at St. Stanislaus Church, New Haven for All Saints Day (Wednesday, November 1 at 5:30 pm) and All Souls Day (Thursday, November 2 at 5:30 pm) will NOT take place.

The All Saints Day service has been CANCELED owing to the unavailability of a priest to celebrate the Mass.

Owing to illness of the scheduled priest caused by covid, the High Requiem Mass to have been offered on All Souls Day for the enrolled members of the Saint Gregory Purgatorial Society has been POSTPONED to a later date in November to be announced.

Solemn Mass and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament for the Feast of Christ the King

The Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King will be observed in a celebration of Solemn High Mass and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Stanislaus Church, State Street at Eld Street in New Haven, on Sunday, 29 October, at 2:00 pm. The Reverend Peter Lenox, Episcopal Vicar for Liturgy and Worship, Diocese of Bridgeport, will be the celebrant, and The Reverend Robert L. Turner, Pastor of St. Ambrose Parish, North Branford, will be the deacon.

Pope Pius XI instituted the feast of Christ the King in his Encyclical Letter Quas primas of 1925. This letter explained 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 sung by the Schola Cantorum of the St. Gregory Society will include the Gregorian Mass Ordinary IV, the motets “Gloria tibi” by Wm. Byrd,  and “O Sacrum Convivium” by Ludovico Viadana, the Gregorian chant proper of the feast (“Dignus est agnus”), and organ music by William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons.

2024 SGS Liturgical Calendars Available

The Saint Gregory Society 2024 Liturgical Calendars are hot of the press and ready for shipment.  For each day of the year, this calendar gives the liturgy appointed, along with he most complete and accurate information according to the 1962 Roman Missal, including its class and liturgical color, and commemorations and the traditional schedule of fast and abstinence. Attractively printed with an inspiring print from an old missal for each month.
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High Mass for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost will be observed in a High Mass in the traditional Latin form at St. Stanislaus Church, State Street at Eld Street in New Haven, on Sunday, October 15, at 2:00 pm.  The celebrant for the service will be The Reverend Peter Lenox, Episcopal Vicar for Liturgy and Worship, Diocese of Bridgeport.

The texts of the Liturgy during the October reflect on how merciful God is to his children when they repent of their unfaithfulness. The Epistle at Mass on this day exhorts us to turn from worldliness in order to be filled with the Holy Ghost and offer praise and thanks to God.  In the Gospel, our Lord heals the dying son of the nobleman because the man has shown faith in Him.

Let us ask God to nourish our own faith, so that it becomes unshakeable ind triumphant after the example of the faith of nobleman in the Gospel

Musc for the liturgy, sung by the Schola Cantorum of the Saint Gregory Society, will include: the Gregorian Mass proper for the 20th Sunday, “Omnia quae fecisti”; the motets “Non avertas faciem tuam” and “Adoramus te, Christe” by Orlando di Lasso; and organ music by Girolamo Cavazzoni and Girolamo Frescobaldi.

Solemn High Mass for the Feast of the Holy Cross

The fall schedule of High and Low Masses at St. Stanislaus Church in New Haven (State Street at Eld Street) will commence with an external  celebration of Solemn High Mass for The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on Sunday, September 17, at 2:00 pm. Father Richard G. Cipolla, Pastor Emeritus of St. Mary’s Church, Norwalk, will be the celebrant and homilist. The Schola Cantorum of the St. Gregory Society will sing the Gregorian chant for the service.

The Feast of the Holy Cross commemorates the finding of the True Cross by St. Helena, Mother of the Emperor Constantine, who erected churches upon the sites of the Holy Sepulchre and Calvary.  The dedication took place on the 13th and 14th of September of 335. In this feast we memorialize Christ’s death on the Cross, which was at once His sacrifice and His victory. He Himself foretold on the eve of His Passion: “The prince of this world is to be cast out. Yes, only if I am lifted up from the earth, I will attract all men to myself.” (Gospel). St. Paul also points out that the law of exaltation through suffering may be said to have governed the whole of Christ’s life (Epistle), and draws the moral that “it behooves us to glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Introit).

 The external celebration of this feast has special significance for the members and friends of the St. Gregory Society.  It was on this feast day in 2007 that Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic letter Summorum Pontificum went into effect, granting all priests of the Latin rite Church the right to celebrate Mass in the traditional Latin form and the faithful to request such celebrations be regularly available in their parishes. It is, therefore, a most fitting occasion for us thankfully to rejoice in the Holy Father’s provision for widespread use of the traditional Roman liturgy.

Music for the service will include Gregorian Mass Ordinary XI (Orbis factor), the motets “O Crux ave” (Anonymous) and “Adoramus te, Christe” by Vincenzo Ruffo, , the Gregorian chant propers for the feast (“Nos autem gloriari,” and organ music by Girolamo Frescobaldi and Claudio Merulo.