25 January: Brick by brick in YONKERS! 1st Solemn Mass in decades!

17_01_19_YonkersNext week Wednesday, 25 January, for the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, my good friend Fr. Leonard Villa, Pastor of the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Yonkers, NY, will have a Solemn Mass for the Patronal Feast of the parish.

Mass begins at 7:30 PM to give people extra time to commute up to Yonkers. (If you are commuting from Manhattan, St. Paul’s is a short ride from the final stop on the 1 Train and the 4 Train.) After Mass, there will be reception in the parish school Cafeteria.

This will probably be the first Solemn Mass celebrated at St. Paul’s since the Second Vatican Council.

The choir at this Mass will include singers who will be at the Solemn Mass at St. Mary’s in Washington DC after the March for Life next week.  They will sing Charles Gounod’s Messe breve aux Chapelles no.7, Gabriel Fauré’s Ecce Fidelis Servus, and Cesar Franck’s
Tantum Ergo.

As many of you know, those who devoutly visit a parish church on the date of its Patronal Feast may earn a Plenary Indulgence under the usual conditions.

Fr. Villa is a former Navy lawyer who entered the seminary after he left active duty. He is a great priest. If you are in the area do not miss your chance to support the worthy celebration of the extraordinary form of the Mass at a new location.  That’s what we want, right?

Brick by brick!   Converge on Yonkers!

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  1. Akita says:

    Oh, to be in Yonkers on the 25th!

    Beautiful and heartening news after hearing of the recent desolation in Rockford, IL.

    Treasure and guard this gift, Empire Staters. God bless Father Villa.

  2. Mary Jane says:

    Won’t be anywhere near there on that date. but this is great news and congrats to all!

    Tomorrow at our parish there will be a Solemn Nuptial Mass for a friend of ours.

    Bring back the beauty! More Solemn masses!

  3. Semper Gumby says:

    Congratulations Fr. Villa and all! Deo gratias.

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