Friday, April 22, 2016

Month-Mind Traditional Requiem for Mother Angelica, April 28th

The Latin Mass Community of Jersey City announces the celebration of a Month’s Mind Requiem Mass for Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, who died on Easter Sunday. The Month’s Mind Mass will take place on Thursday, April 28 at 7:00 pm at historic St. Anthony of Padua Church located in the downtown section of the city at 457 Monmouth St.

Mother Angelica was born Rita Antoinette Rizzo in Canton, Ohio on April 20, 1923. She entered the contemplative Franciscan Order of Poor Clares in 1944 and was best known as a television personality and the founder of both the internationally-broadcast cable television network Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) and the radio network WEWN.

In 1981, Mother Angelica started broadcasting religious programs from a converted garage on the grounds of her monastery in Birmingham, Alabama. Over the next twenty years, she developed a media network that included radio, TV, and internet channels as well as printed media. Mother Angelica hosted shows on EWTN until she had a stroke in 2001. She continued to live in the cloistered monastery in Hanceville until her death at age 92 on March 27, 2016.

The celebrant of the Mass will be the Rev. Fr. John A. Perricone, who worked with Mother Angelica when producing a series for EWTN. The resident choir Cantantes in Cordibus will sing the beautiful Renaissance Requiem Mass by the Spanish composer Cristobal de Morales. Mass Programs in Latin and English will be available for the congregation.

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