Lunchtime Concerts in October

Wednesday, October 29th at 12:40 PM
During the month of October, Saint Agnes will present a 25-minute lunchtime concert every Wednesday in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, in lieu of the 12:40 PM Mass.

For the final concert on Wednesday, October 29th, the Schola will present three seminal works of the 20th century choral repertoire; Stanford’s monumental Latin Magnificat for Double Choir, Op. 164, Harris’ Faire is the heaven, and Holst’s Nunc dimittis.

Confessions will be heard from 12:40 PM as usual on Wednesdays.  A free-will offering will be taken up to support the parish.

Liturgical Notes for the Coming Week

All Saints’ Day
The Solemnity of All Saints falls on a Saturday this year, November 1st, and, although attendance at Mass is encouraged, the obligation is abrogated.  Saint Agnes will offer Masses for All Saints at 8:10 AM, 12:10 PM, and 1:10 PM.  The 5:10 PM Mass on Saturday will be an anticipated Mass for the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls).

All Souls’ Day
According to the liturgical calendar of 1962, when November 2nd falls on a Sunday, All Souls’ Day is transferred to Monday, November 3rd.  Therefore, next Sunday will celebrate the 21st Sunday after Pentecost at the Tridentine Mass.  In the revised calendar of 1969 (the General Calendar which the ordinary form follows), this is not the case.  The Commemoration of the Faithful Departed will be observed on November 2nd at the Novus Ordo Masses at Saint Agnes (and elsewhere).

Parish Reception

Sunday, November 2nd – 1:30 PM
All parishioners are invited to attend a special reception to be held next Sunday, November 2nd, beginning at 1:30PM, immediately following the 12:30 PM Mass. The reception will take place in the Parish Center located directly under the church.
A letter of invitation was sent last week to all registered parishioners who are on the parish’s mailing list.  The purpose of the reception is to discuss plans and seek support to replace the church’s pews and kneelers, which have fallen into disrepair. Light refreshments will be served and, after a brief presentation, parishioners will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Please indicate your attendance by calling the rectory at (212) 682-5722 or by e-mailing us at: in order that we might prepare adequately. All parishioners are welcome to attend this important event.

All Souls Remembrance

If you would like your deceased loved ones to be remembered at Masses on All Souls Day and throughout the month of November, there are envelopes in the back of the church.  Please deposit them in the collection basket or in donation boxes in the church before the end of October.  The envelopes with the remembered names will be placed on the altar throughout November.


Saint Agnes Lecture Series

Fr. Joseph Koterski, S.J. will present a series of hour-long lectures, entitled “More, Erasmus, and Fisher” at Saint Agnes on Thursday evenings this fall: September 18, 25, and October 2, 16, 23, and 30.  The lectures begin at 6:30 PM, with Q&A available until 8:00 PM.  Coffee and cookies will be served.  The cost is $15 per lecture or $60 for the series.
Saint Thomas More, Saint John Fisher, and Erasmus, played a critical role in the time of Henry VIII and in the rise of Christian Humanism.  These lectures will explore the lives of these three luminaries and their key writings including Utopia and In Praise of Folly.  The speaker is the well-known Fr. Joseph Koterski, S.J., a Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University for more than twenty years and whose lectures are featured by The Teaching Company.
For more information or to sign-up for the series, email, call 845.373.8037, ext.110, or PayPal.  Seating is limited, so you are encouraged to promptly reserve your place for the full lecture series.

N.Y.P.S. Mass

Monday, October 27th – 6:15 PM
The New York Purgatorial Society is a pious organization dedicated to praying for the souls in Purgatory through private devotions and by sponsoring a monthly Missa Cantata in the Extraordinary Form.  This month’s Mass will be a Missa Cantata for a Ferial Day on October 27th at 6:15 PM.  All are invited and are encouraged to join the Society. For more information, please visit the N.Y.P.S. Website.

Annual Solemn High Requiem Mass

Thursday, November 6th – 6:30 PM
The New York Purgatorial Society’s annual Solemn High Requiem Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, co-sponsored by the Catholic Artists Society and the Society of Saint Hugh of Cluny, will be on Thursday, November 6th at 6:30 PM. The Schola Cantorum of Saint Agnes will sing Portuguese Renaissance composer Duarte Lôbo’s (c. 1565-1646) Missa pro defunctis (Requiem á 8).