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The Augustinian Recollect Family in New York and New Jersey celebrates Christmas and receives the new Cardinal of Newark (NJ)

The Augustinian Recollect Family in New York and New Jersey celebrates Christmas and receives the new Cardinal of Newark (NJ)
28-01-2017 Estados Unidos
Members of the communities in Suffern (NY) and West Orange (NJ), belonging to the Province of Saint Augustine of the Order of the Augustinian Recollects, begun the new year in communion to the Secular Augustinian Recollects as a fraternal family.
Guadalupe celebration

Fidel Hernández, Augustinian Recollect, presided at the opening of the novena on December 3. The chapel was, as usual, beautifully decorated with a large image of Our Lady and statue of Juan Diego along with an abundance of roses.

The rosary was recited each evening along with hymns honoring Mary as well as readings telling the story of the apparition at Tepeyac. After the services, refreshments were served in the hall along with costumed dances performed by the young people of the community.

The Feast of Guadalupe (December 12) began with the singing of Las Mañanitas at 5:15 AM with music provided by the Tagaste Hispanic choir and a mariachi group; an evening Mass was celebrated with Hernández presiding.

Annual Guild Communion Breakfast

Around 100 people attended the 9:30 AM bilingual Mass on December 11 celebrated by prior provincial, Michael Rafferty, assisted by John Gruben, John Oldfield, and Fidel Hernández.

Everyone then adjourned to the hall for the breakfast of bacon and eggs, sausage, rolls, and pastries, coffee and tea. Peggy Evans, president of the Pius X Guild, welcomed all and presented each of the friars with Christmas gifts. Door prizes were also distributed. The Guild has been a vital part of the life of Tagaste for over 50 years.

New Year 2017

After celebrating the Masses of New Year´s Eve/Day honoring Mary, Mother of God, Fr. Gruben, accompanied by Joe Marsico, former SAR president, joined Fr. Oldfield and the community at St. Joseph Villa in Sloatsburg, NY, for a New Year´s Day lunch.

Many of the families of the residents along with Bishop Paul of Stamford, CT, Eastern Rite superior (Ukranian) of the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate were present for the occasion. As usual, the Sisters put on a worthy feast.

On the Solemnity of the Epiphany, celebrated on January 8 in the Archdiocese of New York, the Magi, Mary and Joseph, and several angels joined the procession for the 10:30 Mass and with much splendor, worshiped the new born Jesus in traditional fashion. The “three kings” presented their special gifts at the time of the Offertory.

That afternoon, some twenty-five SAR members and their families gathered in the fireplace room at 1:00 PM for a truly delicious pot luck lunch featuring lasagna, baked ziti, eggplant parmigiana, sausages and peppers, chicken, ham, and many other items together with an abundance of desserts.

The meal began with a procession to the chapel, a reading of the Epiphany story, and a return to the dining room with the signing of “We Three Kings” and a number of other Christmas carols.

After lunch there was a grab bag and a sharing of Christmas stories among the members. Frs. Gruben and Theresa Giampaglia thanked all of our SAR members for being part of our community life and encouraged recruiting of new members.

On January 5, at 7:00 PM, Fr. John Michael Rafferty, Fr. Fredric Abiera, and Fr. Charles Huse joined hundreds of priests, religious, as well as bishops and cardinals, welcome the new Cardinal of the Archdiocese of Newark, Joseph William Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R.

The evening started with the Solemn Vespers at The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. Cardinal Tobin gave an encouraging and inspiring homily, with a sense of humor as well. After the Solemn Vespers, Cardinal Tobin took time to greet those present.

And what do you think about this?

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