Tomorrow, Saturday, 22 September, there will be a Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini in New York City for a Solemn Mass at 10 AM (Missale Romanum 1962).
The Shrine is located just south of the Cloisters Museum in Manhattan at 701 Fort Washington Avenue (to get there by subway, take the A Train to 190th Street and walk north a few blocks). The Pilgrimage and Solemn Mass are sponsored by the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny.
The Mass to be celebrated is for Ember Saturday. The music will be Palestrina’s Missa O Virgo simul et Mater.
After the Mass, there will be a place available at the Shrine to have any lunch pilgrims may bring with them. Some may also visit the Cloisters museum after Mass.
In 1946 St. Frances Xavier Cabrini became the first American citizen to be canonized. She was born in Italy in 1850 and naturalized a US citizen in 1909. After founding the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1880 with six other sisters in Italy, she began a plan to pursue missionary work in the far east. Pope Leo XII suggested that she go west instead, to the United States.
She died in 1917 in Chicago but was buried in New York State where she first arrived and began her mission to Italian immigrants in March 1889. Her body was found to be incorrupt when it was exhumed in 1933 and most of it (the head is in Rome) has been interred in New York City in a glass sarcophagus built into the altar at which this Mass will be celebrated.
The St. Frances Cabrini Shrine in New York City was built in 1957. Although quite modern for that time, it was designed for the celebration of Mass in the extraordinary form.
This Solemn Mass will probably be the first time the extraordinary form of the Mass will be celebrated at this Shrine since the liturgical changes following the Second Vatican Council.