|Here is the first station of the Way of the Cross, also known as The Stations. John Graham is carrying the cross.|
people observing this devotion mediatate a bit at each station and then
walk to the next station. The idea is to follow in the footsteps of
Christ, to relive his journey, station by station. Walking, then, is
typically part of this devotion.|
|Halfway through, we are approaching the eighth station. There are fourtten in total. Note the time on the clock: 7:10 p.m.|
is the whole group, who came for Stations of the Cross, followed by
Vespers. There are about twenty people--not bad for the small community
of San Rocco.|
|Starting with four or five children, here is a group of those beginning religious education, as of March, 2009.|
|March 22, the DiGiovanni Clan celebrates its annual reunion. The church is filled; everybody sings.|
|San Rocco Choir, during Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 22.|
the presentation of the gifts, the red-shirted DiGiovanni children
bring up the bread and wine. Note who has his hand in the collection
|Before the 10 a.m. Mass April 29, Catholic veterans gather with their families.|
Napoli is one of these veterans. His son-in-law, David Sebastian, did
much of the construction work for San Rocco Oratory.|
|In the entrance procession at the beginning of Mass, the American flag is carried in. Ryan Wess carries the processional cross.|
|At the end of Mass, at the time of the announcements, a special remembrance is made of the war dead. Taps is played.|
|After a special blessing, the Catholic War Veterans march out in the recessional. All sing My Country Tis of Thee.|
|The recessional includes the families of the veterans.|
is Kimberly Sanchez, holding a bouquet, with her immediate family. This
is her Quinceneras, at San Rocco, May 2, 2009. The Quinceneras is a
rite of passage, more or less a coming-out celebration.|
|All stand for the Gospel. Kimberly has her own kneeler and chair, at the head of the middle aisle.|
here makes her profession of faith, at the end of Mass. The text used
is that provided by Catholic bishops of the United States. This
profession is available in both Spanish and English.|
|The Gospel Book is over on the right.|
|2009 May Devotions at San Rocco Oratory|
|About 30 people participate in May Devotions this year.|
|Part of the Corpus Christi celebration is the procession after Mass, to the grotto. |
|The choir returns to the church building. From the left are Tom, Frank, Celeste, Luisa, Bev, and Mary. You are looking west.|
|July, 2009, Father Tommaso Petrongelli visits us from India. Here, he greets the people after Sunday Mass.|
the San Lorenzo procession is moving east on 22nd Street. This rite
began at the Amaseno Lodge on 24th Street. On the left, you see the
American flag; on the right, the Italian standard. The priest is wearing
a straw hat, because he is a gringo. In the center of this photo, you
can see the statue of St. Lawrence.|
|Upon arrival at the San Rocco church building, extra chairs are needed for the overflow crowd.|
|San Rocco church building is filled over normal capacity.|
people sing a litany, in honor of San Lorenzo and San Rocco. On the
back wall, up high, note the large painting of the ascending Christ.|
|For San Lorenzo, the choir sings in full voice. Note that today they wear white and black.|
|Father Petrongelli presides at Mass. The color used is red, because St. Lawrence was a martyr. |
|Father Petrongelli speaks in Italian and English. He is fluent in both languages.|
|August 16, 2009, two uniformed soccer teams compete. |
|The field on which they play is just to the north of St Anthony Hall, on 21st Street.|
|Plenty of people turn out for the game. They come from the immediate neighborhood, which is largely Mexican, and from far away.|
|The friendly dog also uses Spanish.|
are far more people than you can see in this photo. Here, you see some
of those assembled along the north side of the playing field.|
|Here are some of the people on the east side of the field, at Wentworth.|
[Jan. 4, 2009] At Mass, Liliana
Trisa Irwin is baptized, child of Michael Irwin and Laura Boccia.
In the same Liturgy, Olivia Santaniello is baptized, child of John
Santaniello and Sun Min.
[Jan. 14] We celebrate the funeral of
Josephine LoBue; as the deceased requested, it is a simple Liturgy of
the Word. The only Scripture reading is the Gospel. The
final commendation and the rite of committal are combined in this
liturgy, because burial is private, with only one person in attendance
at the cemetery.
[Jan. 17] The Euclid Avenue Community Committee
holds a chili dinner at the St. Anthony Hall, to help create a baseball
program and a summer camp for children. Yvette Betancourt helped
organize this event.
[Saturday, Jan. 24] We celebrate the funeral of Albert Biasella. The Mass of Christian Burial takes place at 11 a.m., at San Rocco Oratory.
5] Christopher Marshall comes to repair the organ. He says that
the instrument was damaged by water, from the fire of Dec. 23,
2007. This repair work takes about two hours.
[Saturday, Feb. 7] At the funeral of Grace Spagnola, her son, Mickey,
gives a eulogy at the end of Mass. She wanted "no
fanfare," says Mickey; that's why there was no wake the evening
before. He is a sportswriter for the Dallas Cowboys. Grace was the widow of Dominick Spagnola,
who was buried from San Rocco July
5, 2003. Carmen, from St. Liborius
parish, reads the First Reading and helps with Communion.
Teresa and Keith Synder present the bread and wine at the preparation of
gifts; Teresa is the daughter of Grace.
[Monday, Feb. 9] Because of the smell of natural gas in the furnace room, Father Gilligan calls Nicor
for an inspection. Within the hour, Brandy arrives and finds two
leaks, with a total of 3% of the gas being released. She says that
there is danger of an explosion with 2.5% or more of a leak; she
therefore shuts off the gas until the leaks can be repaired. Fred LoBue
makes some adjustments in the furnace room, to prevent a fire.
[Feb. 10] Oliver's of
Wood Dale sends Dave Cory to San Rocco Oratory. He comes and
fixes the leaks in the gas line, tests the line thoroughly, examines the furnaces,
exchanges the air in the ducts, clears the building of gas, and
restores the supply to the building. The work takes about an
[Saturday, Feb. 21] In the St. Anthony Hall, the pre-Lenten celebration is held, in this case Samedi Gras ("Fat Saturday"), something like Mardi Gras ("Fat Tuesday"). In Latin languages, this celebration is called Carnevale, that is, "Farewell to meat." There are 88 people present this Saturday.
[Feb. 25] At 7:00 p.m., Ash Wednesday opens the season of Lent, with a Liturgy of the Word, including distribution of ashes.
[Friday, Feb. 27] As we do on Fridays during Lent, we celebrate the Way of the Cross, followed by Vespers. There are about twenty-five people present this Friday, at 7 p.m.
and Sunday, March 14-15, 2009, the cooks (all male) prepare the pasta
and other food. The members of the DiGiovanni Clan all wear red today.|
|St Joseph Table. That's himself in the back, in the center.|
|DiGiovanni kids at play, before dinner|
April 9, Mike Cassilla installs a new marble top for the altar. His
company prepares marble for kitchen countertops and other projects.|
|Mike adjusts the positioning of the new altar top.|
altar is carefully set in the most central location in the sanctuary,
visible to all. As Bishop Perry pointed out in his visit May 20, 2008,
the altar is the most important, most sacred object in the church
|Easter Sunday at St. Rocco|
|Servers, from the left: Ryan, Paul, and Mike|
Choir: off camera are sopranos Luisa, Mary, and Dawn, as well as Rob,
bass. From the left, above, are Marty (director), Pat, Sharon, Tom,
Carol, Bev, Ken, Frank, and Sam. Pat Hahto was a special, welcome guest
[March 9] Today, we celebrate the
funeral of Esther Vanderhei, wife of Richard. She was a faithful
member of the San Rocco family.
[March 13] A committee visits a
local shop, owned by Mike Cassilla, to choose a marble top for
the altar at San Rocco. Carol Dallesandro and Jackie
Graham examine many samples and pick out what to them seems best.
21] At Assumption Cemetery in Glenwood, the ashes of Jayleen Angelotti
are laid to rest. The committal liturgy is brief. Jayleen very
generously supported our music program at San Rocco, especially in
helping us obtain the services of professional musicians.
2] Father Max Ssekiwala of Uganda comes to visit. For four years, he was
secretary to Bishop Perry. Now, for a while, he is returing to serve
the LaCrosse Diocese in Wisconsin.
[April 4] A memorial Mass is celebrated for Joe Sassano, brother of Priscilla Fushi and Carol Dallesandro.
9] On Holy Thursday, Mike Cassilla installs the new marble top for the
altar at San Rocco Oratory. With this top, the size of the altar
is just right for the space we have available. The evening Liturgy
of the Lord's Supper is well attended.
[April 13, Easter Monday] We celebrate the funeral of Violet Cacciurri, mother of Geraldine Nardoni.
[April 14] Father Gilligan celebrates weekday Mass at St. James Hospital, Olympia Fields. Mila Nelson provides organ accompaniment.
[April 19] Elaina Kelly is baptized, child of Jim Kelly and Dana Bove.
26] Catholic War Veterans join us for Sunday Mass. In the
evening, a fund-raiser is held locally, to help the ministry of
Braveheart (now Midwest Palliative) Hospice Care.
29] Several parents and children meet at Lucy Czarnecki's house, to
plan religious education for the next 12 months. Liturgy Training
Publications (LTP) makes available a
lectionary-based program, for the RCIA for children. Yvette Betancourt
and Lucy provide instruction, using the LTP textbook.
[Saturday, May 2] Mario Garcia arranges a Quinceneras for his niece, Kimberly Sanchez. The Mass is largely in Spanish, but Kimberly chooses to make her profession in English.
[May 8] A farewell dinner is held for the Daubenspecks, who are moving to Tennesse.
12] May Crowning takes place in the evening. Josephine Granno has
a new rosary placed in the hands of the Virgin Mary.
May 16] At 1 p.m., Father Alejandro Garrido celebrates a Mass for the
50th wedding anniversary of the parents of Elizabeth Urquiza.
These are Mr. and Mrs. Angel Sanchez. The liturgy is done entirely
in Spanish. A dinner follows in the St. Anthony Hall, at the east end
of the main parking lot.
[May 24] As required by our bishop,
Cardinal George, the Feast of Ascension is transferred to this
Sunday. The choir sings extensively, and incense is used.
31] For Pentecost Sunday, we welcome Dennis Peters as guest organist;
also present are Pat Hahto, soprano, and Thomas Hall, bass. Again,
the choir does its very best; incense is used once more.
14] For Corpus Christi, we march outside in procession after Mass, as we
have for some years now. In the grotto, there is a blessing,
called "benediction." The choir sings All Glory, Praise, and Honor in four-part harmony.
June 25] We celebrate the funeral of Phyllis [Pagoria] Geraci, 91,
who grew up on the East Side, on Wallace, in San Rocco Parish.
Of nine children, her sister JoLynn survives her, as do
her chlldren, Angie, Nick, Peter, and Vincent. The spoken
eulogies are numerous, well-planned, and appropriate; they take place
before the First Reading, introduced by Vincent. At the end of
Mass, at the announcement time, Peter speaks to the people, thanking
them for their kindness. Carol Geraci helps with
Communion. Jeanette Dandurand sings for the Mass and provides
organ accompaniment for My Shepherd Is the Lord, Ave Maria, and the Final Commendation hymn, May God Welcome Her in Glory. For these songs, accompaniment is needed, to help the people sing.
[July 6-10] The National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM)
meets locally, at the Stephens Center in Rosemont, for their
national convention. Father Gilligan and Celeste Jones take part.
12] From India, Father Tommaso Petrongelli comes and concelebrates
Sunday Mass at St. Rocco. He is welcomed by many, especially his
two brothers, Americo and Italo. He will preside at Mass next
Sunday. Today, July 12, he speaks briefly at the end of
Mass. He also will say Mass each day this week and next, at 7
p.m., partly in Italian.
[Tuesday, July 21] In the morning, at 10
a.m., Msgr. Bonanotte celebrates Mass in Italian, especially for his
family members. He is a diocesan priest from Monte Cassino,
Italy. His brother is Cleto Bonanotte.
[Saturday, July 25] Quinceneras
at St. Rocco, for Cristina Soto's niece, Corina, who is up here,
visiting from Mexico. The entire Mass is celebrated in Spanish.
July 26] Father Petrongelli gives the sermon in English and
concelebrates. With only six members present, the choir does
nevertheless an excellent job today, singing, for example, Dona Nobis Pacem.
[Friday, August 7] The annual San Lorenzo Festival begins at the Amaseno Lodge on 24th Street and Union.
August 9] As part of the festival, a procession begins at the lodge
about 11 a.m.. Mass at San Rocco is about 11:30 a.m.
The presider is Father Tommaso Petrongelli. Mass is celebrated in
Italian and English. Father Petrongelli gives the sermon, in
both languages. Thanks to Dr. Candeloro, we have a You Tube video of the entrance procession for Mass today. Here's another video of the same procession. Finally, here's a Picasa collection of photos from the San Lorenzo Festival.
August 16] At 1:30 p.m. Mass, Rocco Petrongelli, son of Luciano and
Rosa, is baptized. Luciano is the son of Americo and the nephew of
Father Tommaso. This is the family's third
child. In the afternoon, a benefit is held for the 2 year
old Rocco DeBergh, who was baptized at San Rocco Oratory. (His
parents are Jason and Christy.) Rocco has leukemia. St.
Anthony's Hall is overflowing, and people gather outside as well.
Also, in the open field to the north, two uniformed soccer teams
compete. There are at least a couple hundred of people present,
overwhelmingly Mexican and Mexican-American. Acclamations are
entirely in Spanish.
In the choir, Carol Dallesandro (alto)
returns after an absence of about five weeks; she has made an excellent
recovery from knee surgery. Mary Jones (soprano) is away at
college and so won't be back for a while.
25] At 11 a.m. Msgr. Bonanotte celebrates Mass in Italian for his
sister, Lucia Vittorino of Inverness, age 77, who passed away one
week from today. Her brother is Cleto Bonanotte, of San Rocco
[Sept. 9] Mary Kay O'Connell of the Parish Operations Service Center (POSC)
comes to the rectory, to help our secretary, Jeanine, prepare the
annual financial report, to be submitted to the Archdiocese of
Chicago. This report is evaluated by Pam Gutter, Vicariate Area
Consultant, and Richard Boyle, of the Archdiocese.
20] The San Rocco religious education program continues.
Lucy Czarnecki and Yvette Betancourt continue to administer the
program; they have been joined by Mary Rodriguez. As of now, the
group meets on Sunday morning, over in the St. Anthony Hall,
continuing during the Liturgy of the Word of Sunday Mass.
Catechetical materials are provided by Liturgy Training Publications (LTP) of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
[Sept. 23] We celebrate the funeral of Olga Sebastian,
82. She was a faithful member of the San Rocco family. At
the Mass, Jeanette Dandurand leads the singing. Olga's brother-in-law,
Vernon Childs, reads the Scripture. Her nephew, David, did
much of the construction work for the church building at San Rocco
[Sept. 24] For much of the afternoon, a meeting is held with Bishop Perry, in part to consider how best to promote and support Zaccheus House, a transitional residence for men, on the South Side.
26] In the early afternoon, on Saturday, Gilberto Ayala III is baptized
at San Rocco; his family is from Beecher. The liturgy is entirely
in English, with the usual songs.
[Sept. 28] We celebrate the funeral of Luigi ("Gino") Bragaloni,
65. He is the nephew of Italo and Americo Petrongelli, as
well as Father Tommaso. Jeanette Dandurand again leads the
singing. Thomas Planera helps with Communion. At the end of
Mass, a military ceremony reminds
us of Gino's service in the U.S. Army, in Vietnam. Sergeant
Ciesla plays taps, with a bugle; both he and specialist Skupa conduct
the ceremony. The liturgy ends outside the church building,
because the body is to be flown back to Amaseno, Italy, for burial
there. That is where Gino was born.
[Oct. 4] Sharon Ciplak joins the choir, as well as Erin Weis, cantor.
6 and 7] At the request of Father Gilligan, the Archdiocese of Chicago
provides a complete audit of the finances of San Rocco Oratory.
Under the direction of Mr. Kevin Marzalik, director of financial
operations, Mary Anne Murphy arranges for the firm of Crowe Horwath
to conduct the audit. On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, Amy
Altman of that firm carefully goes through all records for the previous
fiscal year, ending June 30, 2009. This audit includes deatailed
review of all financial matters, especially considering best practices, recommended or required by the Chicago Archdiocese. Crowe Horwath is one of the top ten accounting firms in the United States.
[Oct. 11] Lou Anselmo, bass, joins the choir.
12] Father Gilligan attends a meeting of the local deanery, a priest's
gathering, at Infant Jesus of Prague parish hall, in Flossmoor. At
this meeting, various policies of the Chicago Archdiocese are
discussed, as well as upcoming events. Bishop Perry also reports
on various items, as does Father Ignatius Anaele, the local
representative in the presbyteral senate.
[Oct. 13] Amy Altman, of
the Crowe Horwath accounting firm, gives an extensive oral report on
the audit she conducted for San Rocco Oratory; she also presents a
35-page written report, in draft form. Both Pete Ruhl (of the San
Rocco finance committee) and Jeanine Zamiar (secretary for San Rocco)
are present, as well as Pam Gutter, Vicariate Area Consultant, of the
Chicago Archdiocese, Vicariate VI. Amy Altman's recommnendatons
are discussed in detail and welcomed.
[Oct. 14] The finance committe of San Rocco Oratory meets to review the auditor's recommendations and to review best practices.
We welcome Fritz Meyer, head of the finance committee at Infant Jesus
of Prague parish, to learn from his experience and insight. He
gives some of the history of the situation at his own parish and
provides suggestions for our own work at San Rocco.
16] Father Gilligan meets with Lucy Czarnecki and Yvette Betancourt, to
review the religious education program at San Rocco Oratory. As of
this week, there are 8 children in the program; it is well
received by the children and by their parents. Some of the kids
told their friends how much they like the program, so another 4
children participate as guests.
[Oct. 20] A choir rehearsal is directed by Celeste Jones, especially for the benefit of the newer members.
24] Today, we celebrate the funeral of Pasqualina [Pancrazio]
Cosentino, 91; her husband, Cosmo, was buried from San Rocco four years
ago. She was a member of the Secular Franciscans at San Rocco
Church for many years. They organized a wake service for her the
previous evening, at Hirsch Funeral Home. Pasqualina was a
teacher for 39 years. Her cousin, Fran, read the First
Reading; Fran's husband, Edward, the Second Reading. Fran also
helped with Communion.
[Oct. 27] At a presbyteral day, up at
Mundelein Seminary, the priests of the Chicago Archdiocese gather, in
part to witness a one-act play, representing St. John Vianney.
Cardinal George also speaks to the gathering.
[Oct. 28] The
finance committee of San Rocco meets in South Holland, again at the
rectory. The committee continues to evaluate the 35-page
report from the recent audit of the previous fiscal year.
Various emendations and corrections are considered and are
forwarded to the auditor at the accounting firm of Crowe Horwath.
[November 9] At a local meeting of priests, in Blue Island, they learn that RightNeworks
is to be implemented in every parish. By means of this software
program, the financial data in the parish is available to people in the
Pastoral Center downtown, the chancery. This is a program with
online access, for greater security in the parish, as well as financial
controls. Once parishes make use of Quickbooks, it is said, it is
easy to implement RightNetworks.
[November 14] At noon, Bishop
Perry hosts a benefit for Zaccheus House; the benefit is held at St.
James parish in Lemont. In the evening, Father Gilligan
welcomes people to a benefit in Flossmoor, for the ministry to shut-ins of American Catholic Press. At the latter gathering, the Festival Choir
performs, from St. Joseph's parish in Homewood. This choir is
directed by John Ligda, who donated a piano to San Rocco Oratory, in
[November 15] In St. Anthony Hall, the community gathers for pizza frite,
an informal assembly, with breakfast items. Mayor Ciambrone
coordinates this brunch, which takes place from 11:15 a.m. to 1
p.m. After celebrating Mass at 12:15 at The Park in Olympia Fields, as he does every Sunday, Father Gilligan attends the anniversary banquet of St. Michael's parish in Lansing.
The parish's former pastor and bishop, now known as Metropolitan
Christopher, has been promoted to supervise five dioceses in the Western
Hemisphere; the parish's new episcopal leadership is Bishop Longin.
16] We celebrate today the funeral of Frances Markionni, wife of Guido
("Skeeziks"), mother of Rob and Nick Markionni. She was a faithful
member of the San Rocco family, as well as a teacher for many
years. Guido and Frances were married for 55 years. Jeannie
Markionni, wife of Nick, sings during the funeral Mass. At San
Rocco, funeral Masses are usually at 11 a.m.; however, at the family's
request, today's celebration is at 10 a.m. Family members also
plan much of the liturgy, including the Scripture readings. For Frances
Markionni, there is a full church and a moving farewell.
23] The finance committee of San Rocco meets to give further
consideration to the audit report from Crowe Horwath. The
committee also receives 29 pages of "action items" from this audit, as
well as norms for facility rental, provided by the Chicago Archdiocese.
26] Thanksgiving Day Mass is at 9 a.m. today, as people voted some
years ago. This early time gives people the opportunity to start
[November 29] Today is the First Sunday of
Advent. A large container is placed in the vestibule, so people
can donate canned goods for the poor. This food is collected and
given to the Jones Center on the East Side of Chicago Heights.
announcement is made at Mass about a new evangelization program,
sponsored by three local dioceses, including our own. This program
is intended to welcome fallen-away Catholics back to the
community. One aspect of the program is a series of ads on
TV. This Welcome Home program begins December 16.
8] At 11 a.m., we celebrate the funeral Mass of Giovanni
Benedetti, husband of the late Augusta, who died June 9, 2008.
They were both from Amaseno, Italy. At 7 p.m., we celebrate Mass for the
Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. We have a minyan, that is, a minimum of nine people..
December 19] At 11:30 a.m. we celerate the funeral Mass of Genevieve
Rossi, 90, who is survived by her husband, Ray, and her daughter,
Pamela. There is no wake the previous Friday evening.
25] One Mass is celebrated for Christmas, the Mass "during the day," at
10 a.m. At the beginning of Mass, the choir sings the Angels' Carol by John Rutter. After the opening prayer, the choir sings Gesu Bambino, in an arrangement by Pietro Yon. At the Gospel Acclamation, for the first time, the choir sings a four-part Alleluia by Giovanni Palestrina. This
short setting is counterpoint, in which each part has its own
melody. During this Alleluia, the Gospel procession is in longer
form, down the side aisle and up the middle aisle; incense is used, in
honor of Christ who speaks in the Gospel.
[December 27] In the
hall, a Christmas celebration is held for those involved in our
religious education program; these are eight children and their
parents. It's pizza.
[December 28] At 11 a.m., we
celebrate a funeral Mass for Eva Pavilonis. At the request of the
widower, Walter, the Mass is celebrated in Latin. Also, at
Walter's request, the priest says the Eucharistic Prayer from the south
side of the altar, facing north. The people are able to
participate, for several reasons. The Latin responses are short
and simple, printed out on sheets distributed to everyone. The
Kyrie, for example, for the Requiem is easily sung; it is used as part
of the opening rites and at the Intercessions. The Sanctus and
Agnus Dei, from Mass XVIII, is already familiar from regular use at the
oratory. This Sanctus and Agnus Dei are, in fact, for use during
Advent, Lent, and funeral liturgies. Tony, grandson of the
deceased, helps out as server during the Mass. The first two
readings, in English, are read by family members. The Gospel is
read in both Latin and English.
|Christmas, 2009: Preparation of the Gifts|
|Christmas, 2009: Everybody sings!|
|Christmas, 2009: San Rocco Choir. Celeste Jones, director, is in the first row, in white, with the red scarf.|
Jeanette Dandurand (left), and cantor Raven Hodge (right), prepare for
the funeral Mass of Eva Pavilonis, Dec. 29, 2009. They are getting ready
for such Latin songs as Requiem Aeternam, Kyrie, Sit Nomen Domini, Dies
Irae, Ave Maria, Lux Aeterna, In Paradisum, and Benedictus. The various
acclamations and responses are also sung in Latin.|
|The same day, August 16, a benefit is held at St Anthony Hall for Rocco DeBergh. He was baptized at San Rocco April 15, 2007.|