Monthly Archives: December 2014

New Year’s Day is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Mary, Mother of God Church in Hillsborough, NJ.

Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Mary, Mother of God Church in Hillsborough, NJ.

Don’t forget tomorrow, New Year’s Day, is a Holy Day of Obligation for us Roman Catholics. It’s the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Most churches have Vigil Masses tonight. So before you go out to celebrate the New Year, why not spend an hour in prayer and thanksgiving with Jesus?

Pax et bonum,
Anthony “Tony Mangia” Scillia

Merry Christmas from my table to yours!

Merry Christmas
I would like to take a moment to wish you all a very Blessed and Merry Christmas from my table to yours. Thank you for following along on my journey of faith, food, & fellowship. God bless.

Pax et bonum,
Anthony “Tony Mangia” Scillia

100th Anniversary of World War I’s Christmas Truce of 1914

A photo from the Christmas Truce of 1914 during World War I

A photo from the Christmas Truce of 1914 during World War I

Christmas 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce between the British and German armies during World War I. Even though it’s an advertisement, this video is still very poignant. We spend a lot of time fighting over our differences instead of coming together over our similarities. God bless. Merry Christmas!

Pax et bonum,
Anthony “Tony Mangia” Scillia

44th Annual Candlelight Carol Sing at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart

The Cathedral Choir & Chamber Orchestra under the direction of John J. Miller (Director of Music Ministries)

The Cathedral Choir & Chamber Orchestra under the direction of John J. Miller (Director of Music Ministries)

Last Thursday, December 18, we were fortunate to attend the 44th Annual Candlelight Carol Sing at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark thanks to a friend of ours. The Cathedral Basilica had standing room only with close to 2,000 people in attendance. This was our first time attending the Carol Sing. Wow! Were we ever impressed with the beautiful evening of carols. It’s one thing to listen to Christmas carols on the radio, but to listen to them in such a holy and gorgeous cathedral certainly elevates the experience.

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“In the Service of the Word”: The Catholic Media & the New Evangelization Symposium

Father Matt Malone, S.J.  welcoming the guests to the symposium

Father Matt Malone, S.J. welcoming the guests to the symposium

On Saturday, December 13 (St. Lucy’s Feast Day), I attended a very interesting and thought provoking symposium on the Catholic media and the New Evangelization at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, in Yonkers, NY. The symposium was co-sponsored by the seminary and America Magazine.

The day started with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the seminary’s beautiful chapel. ¬†The Mass was celebrated by the Most Rev. John O’Hara, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New York. ¬†Bishop O’Hara’s homily was about St. Lucy; the meaning of her name (Lucy in Latin is “lux”, which means light); and how we can be the light in a world that is quite dark.

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Gaudete Sunday (3rd Sunday of Advent)

Gaudete Sunday

Gaudete Sunday

Today is the 3rd Sunday of Advent. It is known as Gaudete Sunday. It is the midpoint of Advent. The liturgical color of the day is actually rose, not pink, as many mistake it. Hope you are all having a blessed Advent Season.

Pax et bonum,
Anthony “Tony Mangia” Scillia

Our Lady of Guadalupe (Patroness of the Americas)

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Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. For three consecutive days in December 1531, Our Lady appeared to Saint Juan Diego on Tepeyac Hill in Mexico City. Our Lady asked for a church to be built at the hill in her honor. Many people thought Juan Diego was crazy.
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