|Msgr. John Canary, Vicar General of the Chicago Archdiocese.|
|Blizzard of 2011|
is the image for the new sign, near the church building of San Rocco
Oratory. That's Bishop Perry in the middle of the people.|
|Mr Richard Goode, Director of Planned Giving for the Chicago Archdiocese|
|Carnivale, March 5, 2011, on the Saturday before Lent, in St. Anthony's Hall.|
are 94 people at the carnivale, a good crowd. The food is catered by
Scrementi's Restaurant, Steger. People are delighted with the family
style cuisine and the service. The tiramasu dessert is especially good.|
|Entertainment is by Frank Rossi and Sharon Billo, both professionals.|
|Before Easter Sunday Mass, every available place is taken: we have a full house.|
|Easter Sunday, 2011: Sprinkling Rite, after the Profession of Faith|
The following hymn is sung by all the people, as the main element in the final commendation.
1. May God welcome her in glory,
and the Father's praise increase,
for the blessings given her at birth,
for the love we shared with her on earth,
God, grant her rest and peace;
God, grant her rest and peace.
2. O Lord, we will surely wander;
yet, wherever we might roam,
we remember how she laughed and cried,
how her faith was firm and never died.
Lord, bring her safely home;
Lord, bring her safely home.
3. The life we have lived is ending,
and the world we know will cease.
Yet the love we lived in our eyes,
and the hope of heaven never dies.
God, grant her rest and peace;
God, grant her rest and peace.
Copyright (c) 1992 American Catholic Press. All rights reserved.
|Bruce Bishkind, Lou, and Robert Anselmo have laboriously renovated the grotto area; they call this the "Lord's garden."|
31, 2011: Blessing of Mrs. Angeline ("Angie")Rufo/Cipolla, 102 years
old. She is the mother of Rosemary Cipolla; her grandchildren are Mary
and Lou; her niece is Annette Rufo/Nordstrom. (That's Mary Kay Pignotti
on the right; she's happy.)|
San Lorenzo celebration is organized by the Amaseno Lodge, 24th &
Union, where the Sunday procession begins. It is August 7, 2011.|
Rocco. That's Mayor Sam Ciambrone, on the right. On the far left, the
man with the splendid sash is Enzo Popollo. Pushing the cart, the man
with the blue shirt is Giuseppe Panichi, brother of Judge Luciano
Panichi. (This is an alternate spelling of the family name.)|
State Representative Anthony DeLuca on the right. He likes to take
pictures, too. On the left are Dominic Candeloro and Italo Petrongelli.
In the front, the man with the white shirt is Judge Panichi, brother of
|On the far left, Gene Planera. On the far right, Mr & Mrs Phil Faso.|
a fire truck from Chicago Heights, sirens sounding. Half an hour ago,
by the way, there was a violent rainstorm in South Holland. All morning,
however, Chicago Heights has enjoyed bright sunlight.|
the left is Father Gilligan, in red, commemorating the martyr St.
Lawrence. On the right are two candlebearers and a crucifer, Jessica.|
|Marco Bravo and Rita Planera carry the bread, to be blest later, during the Eucharistic Prayer.|
and Mrs. Armando Zomparelli; somehow, they got to carry the bread, by
the time this photo was taken. On the left, with the cool umbrella, is
Sandra Ziccardi. To the right is Frank Jobbe. To the right (his left)is
|Dominic Candeloro & August Anzelmo|
|Judge Panichi: "Viva San Lorenzo"|
|Madeline Clayton and Daniel Pizzoferrato|
28, 2011: For the baptism of Nadia Martinez, the parents and godparents
gather at the font. Here, after the profession of faith, they sing with
the congregation the hymn, Lord Jesus.|
|During the baptism, the entire congregation joins in the singing. They turn and stand, facing the font.|
the baptism, the parents and godparents together hold a candle, lit
from the Easter candle. This lit candle sympolizes the light of faith.|
11, 2011: We celebrate the baptism of Julian Serrato, again at Sunday
Mass. Here, the parents and godparents profess their faith. They answer
"I do" to each question. You can see the top of Julian's head, right
behind the baptismal font; he's four years old.|
|With the choir and congregation, the parents and godparents sing the hymn, Lord Jesus.||
[Jan. 17] Msgr. John Canary, Vicar General
of the Chicago Archdiocese, meets with local priests at St. Kieran's
parish. He reports on priorities of the diocese and gets feedback
from the clergy. Several priests suggest that administrative
procedures are burdensome for small parishes and
oratories. For these communities, diocesan deductibles
and taxes are also said to be disproportionate and
[Jan. 18] Father Gilligan meets with
Father Bill O'Donnell (Mundelein Seminary, class of 1979). Father
O'Donnell, pastor of St. Philip's, was concerned when San Rocco was
damaged by fire in 2007; he and his parish had prayed for our
community and offered to help. Lou Anselmo of our choir works with
a member of St. Philip's; that's the connection.
[Saturday, Jan. 29] A memorial Mass is celebrated at 11 a.m. for Rosario Panici.
His son, John (Giovanni), and daughter-in-law, Sarah (Rosaria), take
part with their family; they are from New Lenox. Dario, their son,
reads the first reading. Joe, Rosario's nephew, and Heidi
Panici are also participating, with their family; they are from St.
John, Indiana. The widow, Filomena, also takes part.
[Feb. 1] A massive blizzard begins this evening, causing the finance committee meeting to be postponed. Locally, we end up with 18-22 inches of snow.
Feb. 7] Thanks to Joe Incandela, the San Rocco parking lots are clear,
even of the snow that fell this morning. The entranceway to the
front door of the church is also clear.
[Feb. 8] Father Gilligan confers with Father Michael Ahlstrom, Vicar for the Diaconate
in the Chicago Archdiocese. For perhaps the third time, Father
Ahlstrom promises to do what he can, to get a deacon
assigned to San Rocco Oratory. ("As one brave widow pressed
her claim . . . ")
[Feb. 14-17] Local priests are on retreat, up at Mundelein. The director is John Cavadini, Ph.D., theology professor at Notre Dame University.
The San Rocco finance committee meets with several items on the agenda.
(1) The committee considers whether we should recommend to
the community the use of electronic, automated donations
on a regular basis. This is the recommendation of the Chicago
Archdiocese. The committee accepts the idea. (2)
The diocese is proposing that a sign be posted on church
property, encouraging people to remember San Rocco Oratory, in their
planned giving. The committee agrees but does not want the sign posted
on the side of the building. Instead, it should be mounted on
posts, says Gene DaCorte. (3) The committee considers whether or
not we should have a second collection for Christmas and Easter flowers.
The committee does not think so. Instead, we can have a special
committee set up for this purpose, perhaps with a container by the door,
for donations, says John Graham. (4) We also evaluate ads on the
back page of the Sunday bulletin. Pete Ruhl has sent out letters
and invoices; let us see what happens. The bulletin, edited by
Jeanette Dandurand, is excellent; people should support it. (5) Finally,
we review guidelines for use of the hall, named after St.
Anthony. Yvette Betancourt has gathered norms from contracts of
local parishes, for our own consideration. We consider how
to apply these guidellines, for example, to those who no longer are
[Sunday, Feb. 27] At 11:30 a.m., about 25
people show up, at a special seminar in St. Anthony's Hall, on the
east side of the main parking lot. First, Mr. David Zimmerman,
vice president of Charter One Bank, explains financial planning,
especially for senior citizens. The bank, which has long taken
care of San Rocco's accounts, provides personal financial planning, home
equity loans, credit cards, and other services. Second, Mr. Richard Goode, of the Chicago Archdiocese Stewardship Department, helps us understand better how to plan ahead, for a lasting legacy. Mr. Goode discusses planned giving, including annuities, trusts, and wills. He also discusses the benefits of giving wisely. Free literature is distributed; coffee and cookies are made available, at a side table, thanks to David Zimmerman.
[Saturday, March 5] At 11 a.m., we celebrate the funeral of Giuseppe Cipolla,
at San Rocco Oratory. He was the brother of Tony & Mario
Cipolla, Eva Planera, and Anna Palombi. Because of the weather,
the usual opening procession is omitted. After the introductory
rites and the opening prayer, Giuseppe's oldest son, Giuliano, gives a
eulogy, in both Italian and English. The readings are
presented by Daniel and Mario Cipolla. Jessica Probst serves;
Jeanette Dandurand leads the singing; and Paul Preuss helps with
Communion. Because of cremation, the final commendation and the
committal are combined, at the end of the liturgy.
The annual Carnivale
("farewell to meat") is scheduled for the oratory. Mayor
Ciambrone has organized a planning committee, which has selected this
date, just before Lent begins, the following Ash Wednesday. Doors
open at 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m. dinner begins, catered by Scrementi's. Wine is served with dinner. After dinner, Sharon Inucci Billo sings, accompanied by Frank Rossi
on the piano. (Tickets are $35 per
person. People made reservations after Mass on Sunday,
Feb. 27, or by phone with Priscilla Fushi at (708) 747-5117.) We
have a good crowd for this dinner: 94 people.
[March 9] Today is the deadline for making reservations for the July 13 pilgrimage with Bishop Perry. See below.
Wednesday Liturgy of the Word is at 7 p.m. at San Rocco Oratory.
Ashes are distributed at the end of this brief liturgy.
[Friday, March 11] Today and on the following Fridays of Lent, we pray the Stations of the Cross and Vespers, at 7 p.m.
March 27] At Sunday Mass, Msgr. Igino Bonanotte concelebrates. He
says a few words in Italian, after the sermon. Msgr. Bonanotte
also presents to the oratory a chalice he had donated ten years ago; it
has now been regilded and restored.
In St. Anthony's Hall, there is a chili fundraiser for La Loma Reach program, an organized effort to provide sound recreation for children. $6 per person.
the First Sunday of Lent, Mass attendance is increased by the presence
of many members of the DiGiovanni clan. They hold a reunion today, in
conjunction with a St. Joseph Table. Note above those with red shirts;
they are of the DiGiovanni family.|
[Thursday, April 14] The finance
committee meets today in South Holland. We welcome finished copies
of the new lease for renting the hall.
[Friday, April 15] Stations and Vespers tonight conclude with benediction.
[Holy Thursday, April 21] The choir sings for the Mass of the Lord's Supper, including Were You There. Afterwards, a final rehearsal is held for Easter; they have been practicing for weeks.
April 24] San Rocco Oratory is filled for the First Sunday of Easter;
every seat is taken. The choir, in full voice, today has 5 men and
5 women. Three of the choral songs are by George F. Handel: Sunday Morning, Praise the Lord (requested by Celeste Jones), and Hallelujah. Amen. The latter two are from Judas Maccabeus.
For the Gospel Acclamation, the choir sings the Palestrina
Alleluia. The same Alleluia is also sung after the
Gospel. The usual acclamations by Bortniansky are sung after the
Eucharistic Prayer and before Communion: We Bring You Praise and One Is Holy. The choir also helps the people sing the usual Prayer of the Faithful, Lord, we beg you, hear our prayer,
after each petition; this prayer is sung in four parts, by the
congregation. The Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei are sung
by the people in Greek and Latin, as is customary for us in
Eastertime. All in all, the Easter Mass is a great
[Tuesday, May 10] May devotions are held in the church at 7 p.m.
May 21] A memorial Mass is held at noon for Lucia Bullaro
Niles. She died April 20, at the age of 63. Her
cremains are in an urn, on a table at the head of the
middle aisle. The church is filled to overflowing; every seat is
taken. Additional chairs are set up in the back of the
building. Tommy, her brother, takes care of many of the arrangements.
During the Mass, Jamie reads a poem in her memory, and Jeannie
gives a brief eulogy, before the First Reading. The first two Scripture
readings are proclaimed by Marie. Tom Essig serves the Mass and helps
with Communion. Gay Essig and Nick DiGiovanni also help. After the
Postcommunion prayer, all are seated. Lucia's widower, Robert,
has a special song played; after that, he says a few words,
thanking people for coming. Then follow the Final
Commendation and the Committal, as usual, with the song May God Welcome Her in Glory. Afterwards, all gather in the St Anthony Hall for a luncheon.
[Pentecost Sunday, June 12] A solemn Mass today includes a special sequence from the Leaflet Missal prayerbook and several choir motets, among them the Madrigal Alleluia and Hallelujah Amen (Handel). Incense is used, as on the First Sunday of Easter.
[Tuesday, June 14] At choir rehearsal, Celeste practices Panis Angelicus (Franck) and Ave Verum (Mozart); there are two people in each section. So far, so good,
June 24] Frank Pagoria's ashes are interred at Homewood Memorial
Gardens, at 2 p.m. Friends and relatives gather afterwards at the
St. Anthony Hall.
[Sunday, June 26] At Sunday Mass, we celebrate
the baptism of Adriana, daughter of Tom Camilleri and Michelle
Perillo. During Mass, the choir sings Panis Angelicus and Ave Verum.
Afterwards, the congregation processes outside, to the grotto. On
the way there, the people sing Alleluia; there, we sing the usual
benediction hymns, O Saving Victim, Down in Adoration, and Blest Be God; on the way back, the people sing the refrain All Glory, Praise, and Honor, while the choir sings the verses in four parts.
27 to 30] Over 400 priests of the Chicago Archdiocese spend time in St.
Charles at a convocation with Cardinal George. Speakers include
Matthew Kelly and Father Robert Barron. Our diocesan bishop will
submit his resignation (due to age) in January, 2012, so this will
probably be his last convocation.
[July 10] Father Tommaso
Petrongelli, in from India, presides and preaches at Sunday Mass.
Celeste plays the organ; Steve leads the singing; and Father Gilligan
[July 13 to July 21] Bishop Perry leads a pilgrimage to Rome. On this trip,
pilgrims visit Orvieto, Assisi, Cascia, Lanciano, and Rome.
There, the group visits major basilicas (important churches), maybe a
papal audience, and such ancient sites as the Colosseum and the Circus
Maximus. Optional tours are offered of the Vatican Museum and the
[Wednesday, July 13] At Bethania Cemetery, 79th &
Archer, we hold a brief committal ceremony for the ashes of Warren
Daubenspeck. His son, Keith, made the arrangements. There are
eleven people present. Photos of Warren and his wife, Yvonne, are
in the San Rocco 2004 directory.
[July 17] Father Petrongelli again presides and preaches. Father Gilligan is with the choir. Everything is a cappella.
July 19] The finance committe meets this evening, this time at St.
Anthony Hall. This is the first time Pete Ruhl has seen the hall;
he wanted to meet there today. The committe approves the 2012
budget, already submitted to the Chicago Archdiocese. The annual report
is due August 2. The committee unanimously spoke well of the new
sign outside the oratory. John Graham suggested that we should
regularly suggest to people, for example, in the bulletin, to "Remember
San Rocco Oratory in your will." Gene DaCorte had asked that the
new sign be mounted on posts, rather than affixed to the wall of the
church building; all agreed that this decision was wise. Richard
Goode of the Archdiocese had also recommended a slighly smaller sign
than usual; this too was welcomed. The committee spent
considerable time evaluating use of the soccer field, on the north side
of 21st Street. We will develop norms for the use of this
field. Yvette Betancourt announced that she found someone to
translate our hall lease into Spanish. She will also come up with a
bilingual sign for the hall, making use policies more public. She
reported on the more extensive use of the hall this year, to the
benefit of the oratory. The committee also evaluated the present
fee structure, for further improvement.
[Sunday, July 24] A
graduate of Milliken, Megan Murray directs the choir and accompanies
hymns on the piano. With only six singers, the choir does
remarkably well. Megan does a great job.
July 30] In South Holland, in the chapel there, a memorial Mass is
celebrated at 5:30 for the late Warren Daubenspeck.
[Thursday, August 4] William Reichert is buried today, with a funeral Mass at St. Liborius Church
in Steger, 10 a.m. Although they were faithful members of San
Rocco Oratory, Bill and Gerry decided that the funeral should
be in a larger building, to accommodate the number of people expected to
[Friday, August 5] The Italian Fest begins at 5
p.m., at the Amaseno Lodge, 114 24th Street, Chicago Heights. Your
choices are calamari, chipino, chicken marsala, goat, and tripe.
(Yes, tripe!) Sandwiches, too. Closing is at 11:30 p.m.
From 5 to 11:30 p.m., the fest continues. Your choices are chicken
romano, lasagna, goat, and more tripe. Today, Giovanni Santiago is
baptized; his parents are Juan Santiago and Maria Espinoza.
[Sunday, August 7] For the San Lorenzo Festival,
as usual, the procession begins about 11 a.m. at the Amaseno Lodge, at
24th & Union. Mass, with both Italian and Latin, begins
about 11:30. The Amaseno Italian Fest continues at the Amaseno
Lodge, from 1 to 11 p.m. Spaghetti and giblets are featured.
August 15] This year, note that today, the Feast of the Assumption, is
NOT a holyday of obligation; there is no Mass at San
[Sunday, August 28] At Mass, Nadia Martinez is baptized. Her parents are Jose Martinez and Natalie Cipolla.
[Sunday, September 4] Again at Mass, Julian Serrato is baptized. His parents are Jose Serrato and Elisa Gutierrez.
5] We celebrate the funeral of Antonette Sebastian, mother
of David and Mark. David was general contractor for the
church building of San Rocco Oratory; he also built the baptistry and
the confessional. For the funeral, we had two musicians: Jeanette
Dandurand and Christine Tarrant.
[September 14] Lucy
Czarnecki and Mary Rodriguez meet with Father Gilligan to plan the
religious education program for this year. We will have at least
seven children involved.
31, 2011 (from the left): Father Gilligan, Lila & Korah Polachira,
and Father Jacob Thekeparampil, from Kottayam, Kerala, India. Lila is
Father Jacob's sister; her family lives in Plainfield, Illinois.|
LoBue, usher on the left, offers a bulletin to the clergy. Note what
time the 10 a.m. Mass is starting.
In the center, above, Father Jacob Thekeparmpil joins in singing the
opening hymn. He is the founder and director of the St. Ephrem
Ecumenical Research Institute.|
|The choir sings the opening hymn with the people, "See Us Lord, around Your Altar."|
|Father Jacob, carrying the Gospel Book in procession. The server, carrying the candle, is Mike Pena.|
|After singing the Gospel, Father Jacob venerates the Gospel Book.|
the sermon, the choir sings a hymn with the people, "Shepherd of
Souls." For the petitions, the choir helps the people sing "Lord, we beg
you, hear our prayer" in four-part harmony.|
the petitions, the prayer of the faithful, the altar is prepared. The
corporal (white cloth) is spread, and the chalices are put on the altar.
After a hymn, the choir sings the "Ave Verum" by Mozart. The director,
Celeste Jones, is off-camera.|
the conclusion of the Eucharistic Prayer, the consecrated bread and
wine are elevated. The people sing Amen, then "Praise God from Whom All
Blessings Flow." After the priest's chanting of "We offer you what is
your own," the choir then sings "We Bring You Praise."|
Jacob helps with Communion. Mary Kay Pignotti here is about to receive
from the chalice. (That's St. Rocco in the background.)|
Communion, Father Jacob introduces himself and sings a Syriac hymn. He
is of the Malankar Rite of the Catholic Church. This rite has its
origins in West Syria and uses a language close to Aramaic.|
|Before Mass begins, people get a copy of the Sunday bulletin, which includes news about the San Lorenzo celebration.|
|She's got a bulletin, too.|
|After the First Reading, Mary Jones sings the verses of the Responsorial Psalm.|
|During the Preparation of the Gifts, the San Rocco Choir sings the Mozart "Ave Verum," then "Benediteci," with the people.|
|At the Our Father, the people hold their hands up in prayer, as suggested in 1984, by the Italian Bishops' Conference.|
Saturday, August 27, Jose and Patricia Vasquez celebrate their 25th
wedding anniversary. Most of the Mass is in Spanish, including the
readings, songs, and prayers. Afterwards, the family continues the
celebration next door, in the St. Anthony Hall.|
|Here, at the end of Mass, the couple processes out of the church building. Their family is happy to celebrate with them.|
[Oct. 5] On Wednesday evening,
choir rehearsals begin. Celeste Jones has much new music selected,
especially for Advent and Christmas.
[Oct. 21] At the American Catholic Press annual benefit,
Tom Dreesen receives the Gratiam Dei Award, for his philanthropy and
service to the community. Dr. Richard Moutvic receives the Henry
Hyde Award, for his pro-life dedication and competent care, as a
physician. Tom Dreesen and Dr. Moutvic are well known to many in
the community. Tom grew up in Harvey. Dr. Moutvic was on the staff
of St. James Hospital for half a century, as an obstetrician and
[Oct. 30] The Advent issue of the Leaflet Missal
prayerbook provides an introduction to the new texts soon to come into
use. The current translation, for November, is on the left page;
the new translation, on the right. Beginning today, the songs used
in the liturgy reflect the themes of Advent, centered on the end of
time and the Second Coming of Christ. For the preparation of
gifts, the choir sings People, Look East.
On this day,
too, Lucy Czarnecki sets up a table of remembrance in the vestibule, as
she did last year. This table displays photos and other items
commemorating the faithful departed.
[Nov. 1] All Saints Day Mass is at 7 p.m.
[Nov. 13] A group of volunteers has organized a frittata for today. After Mass, about 11:15 a.m., people are welcome at the St. Anthony Hall. Food and drinks aplenty.
Nov. 16] The finance council meets at the St. Anthony Hall, from 6 to 8
p.m.; we welcome members of the Coleman Group. Local pastors and
their finance committees are also invited to hear about the Resource
Renewal Program of the Chicago Archdiocese. The meeting begins
with an audio-visual presentation by Vish Vass. Patrick Coleman
himself will be there, for questions and answers.
[Nov. 24] Thanksgiving Mass is at 9 a.m., to allow time to cook the bird.
[Dec. 11] After Mass, we celebrate the baptism of Domenico Robert Camilleri, child of Tommaso and Jennifer Camilleri.
[Dec. 25] At the Christmas Mass, copies are distributed of Matthew Kelly's book, Rediscovering Catholicism.
This book is said to be an excellent tool for evangelization and
renewal of faith. Free. Free. The church building is
filled, and the collection reaches an all-time high. There are
numerous visitors, from New Jersey (Rosario & Enza) and
elsewhere. The choir sings three songs before Mass and several
during Mass, in four parts. There are eight women and four men,
including Tom Panici.
[Friday, Dec. 30] Nathan Edward Hickey,
child of Carly Prospero & Edward Hickey, is baptized in the
evening. Carly is the daughter of Mike & Ronda Prospero.
The late Victoria Prospero was Mike's aunt. Remarkably, to date,
we have still had hardly any snow. The ground is dry; the streets
|Choir, Christmas, 2011: two basses, two tenors, three altos, and five sopranos!|
Goode is the director of planned giving for the Chicago Archdiocese.
Here, he stands next to the San Rocco sign he promoted for our
community. The sign says "Remember San Rocco Oratory in your will." |