Assembly at San Rocco Oratory. Above, first row, from the left, Jean,
Rosanne, & Greg Ciambrone, Maria & Ray Planera. Second row, from
the left, Nick Markionni, Donna & Rick Thiernau, Pat & Bob
Barker, Gene LaBelle, & Annette Nordstrom (obscured).|
instruction and a catechumenate, Jon Niemi was baptized and confirmed.
Here, in the same Mass, on Epiphany, he is receiving first Holy
Communion. The minister is Sandra Ziccardi; the server is Nikko
the left, above, are the parents, Dr. John Santaniello and Dr. Sun Min.
Then come the godparents, Arla Ostberg, Kwang Min, Adriana Anderson,
Fiorangelo Santaniello, and Teresa Bravo.
|This is the baptism of John Max. Dr. Santaniello is on the right. In the background is the Easter candle.|
the end of the liturgy, there is a special blessing for the mother, the
father, and for all of us. Above, Dr. Santaniello, father, receives a
|Prayer for Doreen DiGiovanni|
part of their profession of faith, the parents and godparents answer "I
do" to each of six questions. Above, they sing together the hymn, "Lord
Jesus." From the left, these are Susan, Merissa, and David Sebastian,
as well as the godparents, Mark Sebastian and Michelle Juliani.|
the end of the baptism, the family gathers around the altar, for the
Our Father and a final blessing. Above, Susan, the mother, holds her
daughter, Merissa. The paschal candle in front of the altar, is lit.|
celebrating Vespers in the church, Bishop Perry went over in procession
to the new hall, to bless it. Here, he greets the people.|
after Vespers, John Bucci and family took part in the blessing of the
new hall. John (left) designed and installed the ceiling panels, with
images of Italy.|
|St. Anthony Hall, part of the San Rocco complex, on the east side of the main parking lot.|
are some images from the ceiling of the new St Anthony Hall, at San
Rocco Oratory. On the left, you recognize the Coliseum in Rome.|
|Here is the Trevi Fountain in Rome, made famous by the movie "Three Coins in the Fountain."|
|Here are gondolas in the city of Venice, Italy.|
the left are Michael DeButch, godfather, Gina Candeloro DeButch,
mother, Michael DeButch, father, and Anne Klos, godmother. The newly
baptized baby is Trevor Anthony.|
|Amanda and Dennis Nardoni|
|Susan Baggio, Cesarina Planera, and David Peterson, all cousins.|
|Frank Rossi's band|
Piucci, Mary Lou Tomasewski, and Mrs. Betty Piucci. Dr. Piucci was
vice-president of Governor's State University. Mary Lou's husband was
the superintendent of the Ford Plant in Chicago Heights.|
|For the festa, a large tent is set up, right next to the new hall.|
|It is a hungry multitude.|
Bishop Makarios blesses the people with a candle, during Vespers
(evening prayer). This liturgy is being celebrated at San Rocco, in the
hall just to the east of the parking lot adjacent to the church.|
is Bishop Makarios proclaiming the Gospel, during the Divine Liturgy,
celebrated in the hall at San Rocco, on Sunday morning. Note that there
is a lot of incense in the air, from the beginning of the celebration.
The smoke alarm was quiet the entire time.|
For the Mass, the
bishop wears a gold overlay, over the white alb. Note that, instead of a
deacon, the bishop himself proclaims the Gospel, as is traditional in
Eastern Churches, as opposed to the Western practice of having a deacon
proclaim the Gospel.
the left is Charles Nardoni of San Rocco, following the English
language text, in a missal. The Divine Liturgy itself is celebrated
largely in Coptic and in Arabic. It is Sunday, August 1, 2004.|
left to right are Lauren Faso and Natalie Cipolla. The San Lorenzo
procession is moving east on 22nd Street, towards the San Rocco Oratory.|
|The 2004 procession continues. That's Gene and Sharon Billo, in blue, in the middle.|
the center, above, holding a cross, is Pope Shenouda, visiting St.
George church in Monee. On the left are his priests and bishops. On the
right are the deacons. In the foreground is the assembly of the people.|
|ACP 2004 Benefit: Susan Vorwerk and Mayor Angelo Ciambrone|
|Mundelein Seminary, in Mundelein, Illnois|
|Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington|
the end of the liturgy of baptism, the family gathers around the altar,
to say the Our Father together. Above, the mother, Patricia Vasquez,
holding a candle, is standing between Joy Garcia, godmother, on the
left, and Emilio Betancourt, godfather, on the right.
This baptism took place at San Rocco on September 22, 2004.|
of September 26, 2004, the parents begin instruction classes with their
children, in the new hall. Above are Michael O'Shaunessey, Nikko and
|Spaghetti Dinner in the new hall, on October 10, 2004|
What is Catechesis?
is nothing other than the process of transmitting the Gospel, as the
Christian community has received it, understands it, celebrates it,
lives it and communicates it in many ways." (General Directory for
Jesus empowered the Church to continue His mission when He said,
authority has been given to me both in heaven and on earth; go,
therefore and make disciples of all the nations. Baptize them in the
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you. And know that I am with you always, until the end of time. (Mt. 28:18-20)
great commission has been handed to women and men, whom God has called,
to proclaim the Good News. This ministry of teaching and forming has
traditionally been referred to as catechesis.
The name of catechesis was
given to the whole of the efforts within the Church to make disciples,
to help people to believe that Jesus is the Son of God...and to educate
and instruct them in this life and thus build up the Body of Christ.
(Catechesi Tradendae #1)
The word catechesis comes from the Greek meaning "to echo
the teaching" meaning that catechesis or the teaching of the faith is
an interactive process in which the Word of God re-sounds between and
among the proclaimer, the one receiving the message, and the Holy
Spirit! Catechesis is a life-long process of initial conversion,
formation, education, and on-going conversion. Through word, worship,
service and community, it seeks to lead all God's people to an ever
deepening relationship with God who reveals himself in Jesus Christ
through the power of the Holy Spirit. Catechesis takes many forms
and includes the initiation of adults, youth and children as well as the
intentional and systematic effort to enable all to grow in faith and
people recall the term C.C.D. which stood for the "Confraternity of
Christian Doctrine" which served parishes in their efforts to provide
religious education to children who attended public schools. Today, we
have retrieved the notion of catechesis to capture the broader
mission of the Church to proclaim the Gospel to adults, youth and
children in order to "put people in communion with Jesus Christ" (Catechism of the Catholic Church #426).
elevated baptistry allows people to get a better view of baptism in
progress, especially during Sunday Mass. This baptismal font is from the
original San Rocco parish church. It was here, for example, that Father
Lou Cameli was baptized over 60 years ago.|
Note that here, in
the baptistry, the Easter Candle is kept in a place of honor. During
Eastertime, it is moved to the sanctuary.
the left are Nikko Rodriguez and Rachael Wolter. This whole Christmas
play was directed by Lucy Prisco. Mary Rodriquez edited the script.|
|Here, Michael O'Shaunessey reads. That's Mattie West in the black dress, with the candle.|
|Michael Pena reads.|
the relatively long "Alleluia Madrigal," sung by the choir, the Gospel
Procession is also extensive. Above are Josh Graham, Nikko Rodriguez,
and Joe DiMaggio, who carries the censer.|
|Here, with hands extended, Father Tommaso Petrongelli is saying the Prayer after Communion, at Christmas Mass during the Day.|
new San Rocco confessional (reconciliation room) has three large
windows, so people can readily see inside. Yet, there is adequate
soundproofing, for privacy. Penitents also have a convenient choice of
kneeling down for confession or sitting down and going face-to-face, as
they wish. During Sunday Mass, if necessary, this confessional can also
be used a cry room for parents with babies.||
[Jan. 2, 2004] Wedding of Mike Prisco and Monica Garcia. Mike is the son of Mike and Lucy Prisco
3, 2004] Funeral of Ray Planera, patriarch of the Planera clan, one of
the original founders of the Amaseno Lodge. He is survived by his
[Jan. 4, 2004] At Sunday Mass, after substantial
preparation, Jon Niemi is baptized, confirmed, and given first
Holy Communion. His sponsor is Bob Marinucci.
[Jan. 25, 2004] Baptism of John and Jake Santaniello.
[Feb. 3-6, 2004] Priests from the local Vicariate VI participate in a retreat at Mundelein Seminary.
[Feb. 13, 2004] Healing service at St. Rocco is led by a priest from the Peoria diocese, Father Glenn Fontana. Angie Fiello organizes the event: 755-308l.
16, 2004] Bishop Perry has indicated his willingness to come to St.
Rocco, for the dedication of the new hall, to the east of the church and
the parking lot. However, since an outdoor procession will be
part of this dedication, we will probably have to wait for warmer
weather. At that time, we will welcome people in the neighborhood
to the celebration, as well as many friends of the Oratory. Except
for the kitchen counter, now being constructed, the hall is largely
completed and is already available for use. Marge Petrelli says it's
really beautiful, especially the ceiling images.
[February 21, 2004] Funeral of Philomena Stella, nee Sesto, survived by her daughters, Josephine Gliottoni and Helen Stella.
[February 22, 2004] As we agreed today at the end of Mass, a group from St. Rocco will go the movie The Passion of the Christ,
at the Marcus Theatre in Chicago Heights. We will go next Sunday,
February 27, at 2:30 p.m. It's $4.50. Call August Anzelmo
for reservations at (708)754-3447; pay him. After the movie, we
will meet at the hall, to discuss the Passion. It's pot-luck; bring
food, as you wish.
[Feb. 27, 2004] Meeting in the hall, to discuss the movie.
[March 8, 2004] Funeral of James Armato.
[March 21, 2004] The DiGiovanni clan, all wearing red, celebrate St. Joseph's Day
with a dinner in the hall. The clan now numbers about 300,
spread out across the country. At the beginning of the
celebration, there is a litany, prayer, and blessing with holy water.
|Nick DiGiovanni, Mike Prisco, and Pepe.|
|Paul Rodriguez, Michelle Kalch, Mary Rodriguez|
[April 3, 2004] On Saturday, her sons organize an all-day prayer session, with Mass, for Doreen DiGiovanni, who has terminal cancer.
13, 2004] Funeral Mass for Hal Pritchard, who visited San Rocco
often. Many people attend from the "University of Prague," the
continuing education program at Infant Jesus of Prague Church; Hal worked with them for several years. Hal's attorney, Doug Cipriano, read the Scripture readings for the funeral Mass.
18, 2004] Baptism of Marissa Sebastian, daughter of David, who helped
build the new San Rocco church building. He has a construction company
[May 2, 2004] First Holy
Communion is celebrated for Adam, son of Rita Planera, at Sunday
Mass. Father Gilligan met with him privately beforehand; his
mother saw that he was instructed sufficiently.
[May 2, 2004] Bishop Perry comes to preside; we have a relatively full church for Vespers. The choir sings Hear, O Israel, an excellent, four-part setting by Robert Kreutz. Special guests include Dennis Nardoni and John Bucci; the latter provided the ceiling panels, as you know.
the suggestion of Jimmy Koite, who comes to the Oratory, we had sent
out invitations to local churches, Protestant and Catholic.
However, only Father Max and Father Gilligan show up to
celebrate with Bishop Perry.
After Vespers, in the procession to the hall, we sing Alleluia in tone 8. At the end of the blessing, we sing Benediteci,
in Italian, no less. (Andretta Marconi had provided the music for
Faith O'Brien to transcribe.) Then, to be sure, there is food and
hall has been reserved by 7 or 8 groups, mostly Mexican-American, from
the immediate neighborhood. People are delighted with the new
hall, especially the art on the ceiling.
2004] Priests of Vicariate VI attend a seminar on mangement, given at
St. Jude Church in South Holland. Professor Jack Grossman, retired
from DePaul, coordinates the session. (In the seminary, priests
have had no training whatsoever in management.)
[[May 11-13, 2004]
Father Gilligan goes on retreat with his ordination class, at Mundelein
Seminary. We have 23 still left in the priesthood, out of
[May 15, 2004] Funeral for Florence D'Andrea, mother of Bev Green, who sings in the San Rocco choir.
19, 2004] Father Gilligan meets with Peter Danis, management expert, to
consider certain pastoral questions, as a follow-up to the session
given recently at St. Jude. Peter is the former president of
23, 2004] Baptism of Trevor Anthony DeButch, son of Gina
Candeloro and Michael DeButch. Gina is the daughter of
20, 2004] Sunday, Mike & Sharon Pena have their baby baptized at
11:15 a.m., after Mass. They live in Arizona but have strong
family connections here; Lucy Prisco, mother of Sharon, has spent
much time visiting them.
[June 24-27, 2004] The San Rocco
Festa takes place on the grounds, making use of the new hall. For
more photos, go to the section About Us/Festa! Festa!
This was a big deal, with hundreds and hundreds of people
present. As you can see from the many photos here, there was an
overflow crowd, with many tables needed.
|Joe DiMaggio and Marie|
|There's plenty to eat, both outside and inside.|
|From the left are Marge, Jenny, Jackie, and Joe Petrelli.|
|Children participate, from the Noonan Academy in Mokena. They are directed by Mary Kay Pignotti.|
[July 23, 2004] Mary LoBue, mother of Fred, is buried from San Rocco. The singing is entirely a cappella.
[July 31, 2004] It is Saturday evening. The local Coptic Orthodox
parish, St. George, celebrates Vespers in our hall, presided over
by Bishop Makarios. As the bishop requests, Father Gilligan reads
the Scripture during the service, from the Gospel. The church
building in Monee awaits an occupancy permit from Will County, and the
parish's usual site at Tolentine is not available this weekend.
[August 1, 2004] It is Sunday
morning. At 10 a.m. in the Oratory building we celebrate Mass as
usual. However, beginning at 9 a.m., the St. Anthony Hall, on the
east side of the parking lot, is being put to another use. The
local Coptic Orthodox parish celebrates morning prayer, service of
incense, and Divine Liturgy [Eucharist] in our hall. Afterwards,
they host the members of San Rocco and provide food for them, in the
hall. Egyptians and Italians know how to celebrate.
[August 8, 2004] The San Lorenzo festival
begins at the Amaseno Lodge, moves in procession to the church for Mass
at 11 a.m., and returns to the lodge for more celebration. Vintage cars
take part in the procession.
[Aug. 16, 2004] San Rocco Oratory celebrates Vespers in honor of St. Rocco at 7 p.m.
[Aug. 15, 2004] Pope Shenouda,
Patriarch of the Coptic Church, flies in to O'Hare Airport from Cairo,
Egypt. He then drives to St. George's parish in a limo, where
clergy and people greet him. Father Gilligan is there on behalf of
San Rocco and takes part in the common prayer.
[Aug. 18, 2004] Josephine Picchi is buried from San Rocco. The organ is not used.
19, 2004] Paul and Mary Rodriguez and other parents meet with
Father Gilligan in South Holland, to see if the San Rocco community
could have its own religious education program. As of now, their
children are going to various local parishes in three dioceses.
Over the past few years, this has been frustrating for these
families, they say. They think that the children would
benefit more from a program at San Rocco.
[Sept. 5, 2004] Angela Kuhlman and Jovan Fiore get married at San Rocco.
[Sept. 11, 2004] American Catholic Press holds its annual benefit
at the Flossmoor Country Club. Alan Keyes speaks, on a pro-life
theme. Both Bishop Perry and Bishop Kane attend, in part to honor
Sister Mary Paul, principal of Marian High School. She receives
the Gratiam Dei Award.[Sept. 28, 2004] Father Gilligan meets again
with Rosalind Sanders, to plan the religious education program. The
next day, he meets with Father Joe Bennett, pastor of Holy Ghost
in South Holland; his grade school is closed.
[Sept. 19, 2004] The
parents, by their choice, with their kids, meet in the hall at 9 a.m.
at San Rocco. Four volunteer to teach and help in teaching; Mary
Rodriguez agrees to coordinate the work.
[Sept. 19-21, 2004]
Father Gilligan attends a seminar on Gregorian Chant at Mundelein
Seminary. People attend from all over the U.S. A schola from
Gonzaga University, Spokane, helps with the liturgies. Chant is
sung in both Latin and English.
With approval from
Bishop Perry, Father Gilligan tells the parents they can leave their
respective religious education programs and set up their own at San
Rocco. He explains why the Eucharist, Sunday after Sunday, is the
fullness of Christian initation, not confirmation, as the policy of the
Archdiocese itself makes clear. Bulletin articles are prepared for
the next eight weeks on the right order of initation, with confirmation
given second, after baptism, before Communion. Some of the children
have already received first Communion but, inappropriately, were
not given confirmation beforehand.
He also says that Bishop
Perry agrees to come in January, to celebrate confirmation and
first Communion in the same Mass. What is important, he says,
is that parents and kids take part regularly in Sunday Mass, as they
do. That is the fullness of the Holy Spirit, not confirmation.
[Sept. 22, 2004] Sue Bordenaro and Rosalind ("RAHzlihn") Sanders of the Office of Catechesis of the Archdiocese of Chicago
meet with Father Gilligan at ACP in South Holland. They explain what
resources and personnel are available from the Archdiocese. They say San
Rocco can go ahead with confirmation in the proper order, before first
Communion. However, Eastertime, they say, would be a better time;
Jan. 9 seems too close.
Today, Matteo Vasquez is baptized at San
Rocco. His mother, Patricia, meets with Father Gilligan
beforehand, in South Holland, as preparation. Her grandparents
were born in the U.S.
[Sept. 24, 2004] Father Glenn Fontana comes again for a rosary, Mass, and healing service. People attend from various local parishes.
24, 2004] Father Gilligan meets with members of San Rocco, at ACP in
South Holland, for the sake of long-range planning. The Markionni
brothers (Nick and Rob) attend, as well as August Anzelmo, Angelo
Ciambrone, and Mike Prisco.
[Sept. 26, 2004] On Sundays, regular religious education classes
begin at 9 a.m. in the hall. Both parents and kids are
present. More kids show up; now, we have eleven. Paul Rodriguez,
Jr., organizes servers for Sunday Mass; from now on, we have four at
every Mass. Several of the boys need to use adult-size albs,
which were donated some time ago, intended for the choir.
parents break up and sit at separate tables with the children,
going through lessons that are age-appropriate. The parents
themselves intiated this religious education program, and now they
themselves are the teachers, in separate groups.
28, 2004] Father Gilligan meets again with Rosalind Sanders, to
plan the religious education program. The next day, he meets with
Father Joe Bennett, pastor of Holy Ghost in South Holland; his grade
school is closed.
|Above, from the left, are Josephine Monty, Rachel Wolter, and Mary Rodriquez.|
|On the left are Josh Graham and Joe DiMaggio. On the right are Vera DiMaggio and the Graham family.|
[Oct. 10, 2004] Spaghetti dinner is
held at San Rocco, in the new hall. Many come. Many eat.
All rejoice. Quam bonum et iucundum est.
[Oct. 11, 2004] Josephine Maolini is buried from San Rocco. The singing is unaccompanied, without the organ or piano.
17, 2004] Tim Downs of Benziger makes a presentation at 9 a.m., Sunday,
to introduce parents and children to what Benziger can offer them. The
parents themselves receive sample copies of the books to evaluate and
compare with the Harcourt samples they already have.
2004] At Holy Name of Mary parish, a Protestant fund-raiser proposes a
tithing program for parishes, based on biblical motivation. Father
Jim Flynn, pastor, speaks highly of the program. The program is
Baptist, using the King James Bible, and relies on Old Testament
instructions to give up 10% of your income. Other Old
Testament injunctions are not mentioned, for example to kill sinners by
public stoning, to avoid pork and shellfish, and not to work on
Saturday. Nor is it explained why tithing is more enduring a
commandment than these.
[Oct. 27-29, 2004] Father Gilligan
participates in a seminar on translation at Mundelein Seminary.
Experts speak on the rewording of the sacramentary and theories of
translation. Only one other priest attends from the Archdiocese of
[Nov., 2004] This month, Paul and
Mary Rodriguez attend three training sessions on Saturdays, for setting
up a religious education program at San Rocco. Help is given
several times by Sister Judy Dieterle, Jeanine Havlik, Marilyn
Krawczyk, Elinor Malone, and Rosalind Sanders. Both Paul and Mary
say that they find these sessions beneficial.
[Nov. 1, 2004]
August Anzelmo organizes a pro-life rally in the hall. There is no
public endorsement of any individual candidate for election.
[Nov. 6, 2004] Nick Capeletti is buried from San Rocco. The organ is silent.
17, 2004] Sunday morning, Mary Rodriguez reports to the parents and
their kids. With regard to the restored order of initiation, she
says that 19 dioceses in the U.S. have implemented this order, with
Eucharist being the primary sacrament of initation. (Elsewhere,
individual parishes have also done this, at the initiative of the
pastor.) She distributes an FAQ sheet (FAQ) about this topic.
regard to textbooks, she compares Benziger's and Harcourt's offerings.
Following advice of Elinor Malone of St. Emeric's, Mary recommends
Harcourt. Elinor is the only CCD instructor in the southern
suburbs to be fully certified, having taken all the courses
necessary. Elinor is happy to recommend confimation before first
Holy Communion, as the traditional order of the sacraments of
First reconciliation (confession) would be in
December. Confirmation would be around Eastertime. At
home, the kids should keep reviewing prayers, the Sanctus, and the Agnus
Dei, she says. (For further information about the restored order
of the sacraments of initiation, go directly to Send Forth Your Spirit, by Bishop Aquila. This is a PDF file.)
[Nov. and Dec., 2004] During these two months, at each Sunday Mass, the choir sings the Trisagion at the beginning of Mass and the Blest Be the Name acclamation at the end of Mass, both by Bortniansky. During the preparation of the gifts, the choir sings the Gregorian Chant, We Look for Light. In addition to familiar Advent hymns, these songs set the season of Advent apart as something special.
21, 2004] Steve and Nikki Krumdieck have their baby Phoebe
baptized. This is the grandchild of Ron and Priscilla Fushi.
[Nov. 25, 2004] Thanksgiving Day Mass is celebrated at 10 a.m.
4, 2004] Clara Lewis, deceased, is remembered at a Memorial
Mass. Full church. Clara was a regular participant in Sunday
Mass at San Rocco Oratory and was generous in her support and
friendship. Jim Joyce, a good friend of the deceased, helps in
planning the music for the Mass; he is an assistant organist at Infant
Jesus of Prague Church, Flossmoor, Illinois.
[Dec. 5, 2004] Mary Rodriguez reports that in the third session downtown, with the Office of Catechesis
of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the instructors explained why it's
better to have confirmation and first Communion together, in the same
[Dec. 8, 2004] At 7 p.m., Mass is celebrated on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
11, 2004] Funeral Mass for Virginia Aprati, sister of Joe
Petrongelli. Church is completely filled; participation is
excellent. As usual at funeral Masses, as required, there is no
[December 12, 2004] Sunday, in church, first
confession (reconciliation) is celebrated by the whole group. Both
parents and kids go to confession, at a kneeler in the back of church,
enclosed by a screen. Other people go, too, until shortly before Mass
begins. However, as in the past few years, many people find
the kneeler too public for confession; they don't go.
13, 2004] Today, Monday, at 7 p.m., at the request of several people,
mostly from the Planera family, we celebrate Mass in honor of St.
Lucy. There is much devotion to this saint in both Sweden and
Sicily and, evidently, also in Amaseno, Italy.
At the beginning of Mass, we sing 325, Saints Who Suffered, for a martyr. Following majority vote, the three collects of the Mass are said in Italian. At the end of Mass, people sing Il canto di Santa Lucia, in Italian, from memory. (For further information, go directly to: Santa Lucia Day.)
19, 2004] At the last Sunday Mass of Advent, Father Gilligan announces
that San Rocco will omit the Christmas Midnight Mass, because last
year we had very few people, with no solemnity. It seems better to
have just one celebration at 10 a.m. and to work to make it a beautiful
celebration, with organ and full choir.
Today, people note
that Dave Sebastian has completed construction of a new baptistry, a
wooden platform, in the southeast corner of the church. It's
a beautiful piece of work, with well crafted wood. It's
also elevated, so that people in the Sunday assembly can see more
easily. Many of the baptisms at San Rocco are celebrated during
Sunday Mass, so that the whole congregation can participate.
wooden railing also sets off the baptistry as a sacred space, while
still allowing the baptismal party to climb up the single
[Dec. 25, 2004] The Christmas Mass
brings in a full house. Many people are away at other parishes
with relatives, yet other people are here with their families.
Michael and Sharon Pena, for example, are visiting from Arizona.
member is absent, the choir is strengthened with Michael and Kelly
Padden. There are sufficient singers in each of the four
sections, so that full harmony can be provided.
Children's Christmas Play, rewritten by Mary Rodriguez and rehearsed in
religious education class, is directed by Lucy Prisco.
the Children's Christmas Play, 2004, Paul Rodriguez brings up a live
baby. In the pew is Michael Pena, husband of Sharon, with their child.
They are from Arizona.|
Choir 2004: From the left are Frank Jobbe, Nick Markionni, Angelo
Ciambrone, Michael Padden, Rob Markionni, Ken Ziccardi. Also from the
left are Marty Bramlette, director, Bev Green, Carol Dallesandro, Sharon
Billo, Kelly Padden, Susan Baggio, Cesarina Planera, Luisa
Pizzoferrato, and Anna Marie Christofanelli. Absent: Pat Hahto.|
by Marty Bramlette, on her electronic keyboard, Rob and Nick Markionni
perform a Christmas motet. That's St. Anthony on the wall.|
|The Christmas Mass begins with the choir singing "O Come All Ye Faithful" in 4-part harmony, in the vestibule.|
|As the choir enters the church proper, they continue singing in four-part harmony.|
|The Gospel Procession ends at the pulpit.|
[Dec. 28, 2004] With the help of a
plan, Dave Sebastian and two workers construct a soundproofed
confessional, a reconciliation room, in the southwest corner of the
church. The room allows penitents a choice of kneeling down before
a screen or sitting down for face-to-face confession.
glass windows in the door and the north side of the confessional allow
people to see inside easily, without being able to hear. Now,
people going to confession can have the privacy they want, instead of
using the kneeler in the side aisle.
Another possible use
for this confessional is that of a "cry room," a place where sometimes a
parent will have to go, with a small child or a baby who needs
August Anzelmo told David Sebastian to add the
ornamental, wavelike decorations on top of the confessional, each with
its own cross.
The statue you see on the left is that of St.
Lawrence; up to now, the statue was in the side aisle, just south of the
organ. A pew has been moved against the side wall, making it
necessary to move the statue to its present location.