funeral liturgy begins at the door of the church or oratory, where the
priest greets the family. Here, at the funeral of Arthur Ranieri, age
104, the priest greets Nora, the daughter, on the left, as well as Olga
and Vincent Ranieri.|
|The casket is then sprinkled with holy water, as a reminder of baptism and the eternal life promised in baptism.|
the white funeral pall is placed on the casket. This pall is a reminder
of the white garment that early Christians wore on the day of their
baptism. Again, this is a reminder of eternal life with Jesus Christ.|
the DiGiovanni St. Joseph's Day Table, the cooks receive a special
blessing first, before the food. The ministry of cooking is important.|
|The funeral choir for Joan Termini, June 3, 2003. Sam Argento (3rd from left) brought in additional singers to help out.|
Procession, for the Votive Mass in honor of Mary. Servers are Paige
Jaffe, Ethan Jaffe (crucifer), and Bev Green, on the right.|
|Arrival at the altar, before the statue of the BVM. Note San Rocco Oratory in the background, the white building.|
|During Mass, as usual, Communion is distributed under both forms, that is, also from the chalice.|
outside the Amaseno Lodge, Father Petrongelli is beginning the San
Lorenzo procession to the oratory; he leads the singing in the Italian
Father Fontana leads the people in a prayer for healing, a prayer
directed to God our Father. Indviduals from many parishes have gathered
this evening at San Rocco Oratory.|
45-minute service of incense begins the common prayer. With
congregational responses and choral songs, the people take part. The
priest, Father Pavlos, wears his everyday cassock. The entire church is
filled with the gentle fragrance of incense.|
in the other rites of the Church, the crossed stole is worn by deacons.
In fact, the choir is actually a group of ordained deacons. Here,
having vested, they do a prostration for the blessing of the priest.
Such a prostration is also common in the Syrian Rite; it is used in the
West only on Good Friday, at the beginning of the liturgy and at the
adoration of the cross.
Note that the priest wears a miter. In general, in the West, a miter is
reserved to a bishop or an abbot. Above, the priest gives a blessing to
the deacons, using a hand cross. The veil on the altar already is used
to cover the bread and the wine.||
[Feb. 6, 2003] Irma Kampick is buried from San Rocco; her sister is Josephine Berlinski.
[Feb. 14] Arthur Ranieri is buried today; he was 104 years old at the time of death.
[March 16] The great DiGiovanni clan celebrates its St. Joseph Day table;
they gather from all over the country. This year, as in several
years past, the clan meets at a Lutheran church hall in South
There is another St. Joseph's Day Table,
held the same day at a local restaurant in Chicago Heights. This
celebration is open to everyone in the San Rocco community.
Book of Blessings, from Rome, includes a special format for the
blessing of the St. Joseph's Table. The blessing itself is sung: "Blest
be God. Blest be God."|
|(from left:) The Petrelli family, Jackie, Joe, Nate, Marge, Donna, and Joseph.|
|(from left:) Catherine Inucci, Marilyn & Frank Jobbe, Sharon & Gene Billo|
[May 11] Janice Marie Melillo is baptized, daughter of Ezias Maldonado and Angela Melillo.
18] Julia Marie Sands is baptized, daughter of Patrick and Kim [Sarek]
Sands. On this same day, Joseph Panici is also baptized, the son
of Joseph and Deanna Marie [Pagor] Panici.
[June 3] Joan Termini
is buried from San Rocco today, with interment in Elwood Cemetery,
Joliet. She sang in the choir at San Rocco and regularly
participated in the liturgy both here and at Infant Jesus of Prague
church in Flossmoor. She was the mother of nine
children. Joan died Ascension Thursday, May 29, at South
Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest.
[June 6] Romana Planera and
Michael Malinowski are married at the chapel at Barat College, Lake
Forest; Father Gilligan witnesses the wedding.
Permission is given by the local pastor, Father George Rassas. The
reception afterwards is on the grounds of the former Armour
estate. Romana is the daughter of Tom Planera, who painted the
rerodos in the San Rocco Oratory, clouds and all.
[July 3] Salvador Martinez is
buried from San Rocco; he was a member of the old San Rocco Parish and
grew up there. Until recently, when homebound, he went to Mass
regularly at the San Rocco Oratory.
[July 5] Dominick Spagnola is
buried; he was living in Deltona, Florida. Until he retired, he was the
proprieter of Dom's Barber Shop in South Chicago Heights.
[July 20] Luca Pietro Randazzo is baptized, son of Rosario and Enza [Incandela] Randazzo.
27-Aug. 3] The very tall statue of Mary ("Millennium") visits for a
week. In the San Rocco grotto, devotions are observed; Mass is
[Aug. 2] Zaccheus House
is dedicated in Chicago, on the south side. It is a half-way
house for men seeking to be re-integrated into society. The house
is sponsored and organized by deacons of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
[Aug. 10] The San Lorenzo Festival
is celebrated, both at the Amaseno Lodge and at San Rocco
Oratory. Hundreds of people come to eat, sing, and
pray. For the procession from the lodge to the church,
Father Tomasso Petrongelli from Rome teaches the people Italian songs,
practices with them, and leads them. He also particpates in
the Mass this morning, speaking and praying in Italian.
After the morning liturgy, Father Gilligan leaves for the bi-annual meeting of the Societas Liturgica, an association of scholars of the liturgy, mostly professors. This year, the assembly is in Eindhoven
and Utrecht, Holland. He is gone the rest of the week.
However, from Monday to Friday, Father Petrongelli says Mass at San
Rocco Oratory, each morning.
[Aug. 18] Teresa Billo has her
funeral at San Rocco; her residence was in Vicenza, Italy; she was
95. The priest for the Mass was Father Petrongelli.
31] Matteo Petrongelli is baptized, the son of Luciano and Rosa
[Graziano] Petrongelli. The priest is Father Tommaso Petrongelli,
the uncle of Luciano.
[Sept. 3] Anthony Anzelmo is buried
from San Rocco today; he was the father of August Anzelmo. Both
Father Gilligan and Father Petrongelli participated in the funeral Mass.
[Sept. 21] Father Glenn Fontana visits San Rocco Oratory, for a liturgy of healing.
[Sept. 27] Giovanni Gadotti is buried from San Rocco.
[Oct. 5] Kristopher Kalch is baptized, the son of Kristopher Kalch and Michelle [Prisco] Kalch.
[Nov. 11] Al Petrarca has his funeral Mass celebrated at St. Kieran's
in Chicago Heights; Father Gilligan is the priest. Lisa Kristina accompanies Cara Scott, the singer.
[Dec. 11] Josephine DiMaggio is buried from San Rocco today.
[Dec. 20] Because the Tolentine Chapel in Olympia Fields is not available, the local Coptic parish,
being formed, has their Sunday Mass on Saturday, making use of the San
Rocco Oratory. After a service of incense (about half an hour),
what we call morning prayer (Lauds) follows; then comes the Eucharist,
the Divine Liturgy, itself. The congregation is blest wih a good
number of deacons, an active choir, and altar servers. Father
Pavlos is the priest who leads the celebration and presides throughout.
28, 2003] At today's Feast of the Holy Family, both Rose Granno and
David Hilgen make their profession of faith, are confirmed, and
receive their First Holy Communion as Catholics. At the same Mass,
Monica [Garcia] Prisco makes her profession of faith and receives First
Holy Communion as well; she was raised Pentecostal, though baptized and
confirmed Catholic in Mexico.
is the office of the bishop to receive baptized Christians into the
full communion of the Catholic Church. But a priest to whom the bishop
entrusts the celebration of the rite has the faculty of confirming the
candidate within the rite of reception, unless the person received has
already been validly confirmed. (RCIA, 481)
Above, Rose Granno is confirmed, after her profession of faith and
before her first Holy Communion as a Catholic. Her husband, Frank,
stands directly behind Rose.
choir of deacons sings vigorously, as do the people. Nothing is recited
by the congregation, nothing. The entire Divine Liturgy is sung; there
is no such thing as a "Low Mass." Note the use of hand cymbals, above.
The music itself is distinctly oriental, with half-tones and modal
chanting. It is is obvious that the songs are largely known by heart, in
both Arabic and Coptic.|