Capuchin Parishes to Mark Feast of Blessed Solanus Casey July 29-30

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The Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Mary will mark the July 30 feast of Blessed Solanus Casey, O.F.M. Cap., the Capuchin friar who was beatified last November, with Masses and other celebrations at five Capuchin parish churches in the archdiocese Sunday and Monday, July 29 and 30.

Blessed Solanus served primarily as a porter during his 53 years of priestly ministry, mainly in Detroit and in New York, including three parishes in the Archdiocese of New York: Sacred Heart, Yonkers, 1904-1918; Our Lady of Sorrows, lower Manhattan, 1918-1921; and Our Lady Queen of Angels, East Harlem, 1921-1924.

He became known for the compassion and dignity with which he treated everyone he encountered.

Blessed Solanus died on July 31, 1957.

Brother John Shento, O.F.M. Cap., executive director of communications and director of formation for the St. Mary Province, New York/New England, told CNY that Blessed Solanus’ story has resonated with a cross-section of Catholics.

“More people have contacted us because he was a healer, for the special intentions they have,” Brother Shento said. “That has increased a lot.

“Younger people seem to be attracted because he is someone who is an American. He was Irish, and that’s another whole element,” Brother Shento said.

Feast of Blessed Solanus Casey, O.F.M. Cap.

St. Joseph Church/Friary

34 South Chestnut St., New Paltz

Father Salvatore Cordaro, O.F.M. Cap., pastor

Information: (845) 532-0184

Blessing and Veneration of the Relic of Blessed Solanus after each Mass

Sunday, July 29, 8 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.;

11:30 a.m.

Monday, July 30, 9 a.m.

Good Shepherd Church/Friary

608 Isham St., Manhattan

Father Thomas Faiola, O.F.M.

Cap., pastor

Information: (617) 794-3927

Blessing and Veneration of the Relic of Blessed Solanus after each Mass

Sunday, July 29, 8:30 a.m. (English);

10 a.m. (Spanish); noon (Spanish);

6 p.m. (English)

Monday, July 30, 7:30 a.m. (English); noon (Spanish)

Holy Cross and St. John the Baptist parish, Manhattan

Holy Cross Church, 329 W. 42nd St.

St. John the Baptist Church, 213 W. 30th St.

Father Francis Gasparik, O.F.M. Cap., pastor

(914) 297-6934

Blessing and Veneration of the Relic of Blessed Solanus

Monday, July 30—Feast of Blessed Solanus Casey, O.F.M. Cap.

St. John: 6:45 a.m. Mass—Holy Cross-7:30 a.m. Mass

St. John: 12 noon: Rosary, Communion Service and Adoration

Holy Cross: 12:15 p.m. Mass

St. John: 3 p.m. Divine Mercy Chaplet and Benediction

St. John: 5:15 p.m. Mass

St. John: 6:30 p.m. Mass of Blessed Solanus and Novena Prayers of St. Padre Pio

St. John: Reception in the Parish Hall

Sacred Heart Church/Friary

110 Shonnard Place, Yonkers

Father Matthew Janeczko, O.F.M. Cap., pastor

Contact: (914) 963-4205

Blessing and Veneration of the Relic of Blessed Solanus after each Mass

Sunday, July 29, 8 a.m.; 9:45 a.m.;

11:30 a.m.

Monday, July 30, 6:45 a.m.; 8:30 a.m.

Our Lady of Sorrows Church/Friary

213 Stanton St., Manhattan

Father Thomas McNamara, O.F.M. Cap., pastor

Information: (845) 554-2543

Blessing and Veneration of the Relic of Blessed Solanus after each Mass

Sunday, July 29, 8:30 a.m. (English);

10 a.m. (Spanish); 11:30 a.m. (English); 1 p.m. (Spanish)

Monday, July 30, 9 a.m.

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