Rev. Fr. Nicholas Mormando will celebrate the 11am Mass and Msgr. Nicholas Grieco will be the concelebrant.
After Mass we continue the celebration with a feast day luncheon at Forlini’s Restaurant, the 73 year old institution on Baxter St., just a few feet from the first home for so many Cracotans arriving in New York at the beginning of the 20th century.
Come and see San Vincenzo, the Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood and all your Cracotan cousins.
A Saturday in New York City
This special year offers a great experience the Saturday before the Feast of San Vincenzo.
The Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood, which houses the statue of San Vincenzo is part of the Parish of the Basilica of Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Old St. Patrick’s was the original Cathedral of the Archdiocese of New York. Among its prominent historic parishioners were the Venerable Pierre Toussaint, the noted Haitian who is being considered for sainthood and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seaton, the first American born saint. Old St. Patrick’s has served the ever changing multi-ethnic population of the area for two centuries and continues to do so today.
It is the oldest Cathedral in New York City and after a major renovation completed last year it is a spectacular site to see. It also houses a special photograph collection inspired by the Holy Year of Mercy, exhibited in the narthex (foyer) of the Basilica.
The Cathedral is the starting point for the “Pilgrimage of Mercy” that takes visitors from the Cathedral through Little Italy to the Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood.
Along the route, “pilgrims” can see, 53 Spring St., the building where Pasquale Marrese and his crew of Cracotan tailors created the statue of San Vincenzo in 1901 along with visiting ancestral homes along the route.
Arriving at the Most Precious Blood and entering from the Baxter St. side the pilgrims will encounter the magnificent presepe “Nativity of Mercy.”