By the grace of God, and under the patronage of Saints Christopher, Jacob, Anthony of Padua, Francis of Assisi, and Our Lady; 65 young pilgrims embarked on a spiritual adventure on Saturday, September 11th, 2021, on pilgrimage by foot to the Holy Mountain, Graymoor. In a particular way, pilgrims offered up all of their acts and prayers for priests.
Ave Crux, spes unica!
Hail the Cross, our only hope!
Juventutem NYC's inaugural Vexilla Regis walking pilgrimage to Graymoor Monastery will be dedicated to:
1. Petition for favors from Our Lady
Processing through the Appalachians with a statue of Our Lady of Fatima from Fatima, Portugal carried by young adult pilgrims, we will sing hymns to Our Lady in both Latin and English, meditate on the mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary, and pray many reparative devotions.
Our Lady told the children at Fatima in August 19, 1917, "pray much and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to hell because there is no one to make sacrifices for them."
2. Adoration of the triumphant Holy Cross
Vexilla regis prodeunt! The Holy Cross is our royal banner that will lead us in pilgrimage. The devotions prayed during this pilgrimage will also prepare us for Holy Mother Church’s triumphant September 14th Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
3. Thanksgiving for the Ancient Liturgy
Te Deum laudamus! In an interview with Juventutem NYC chapter co-ordinators years ago, His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider described the Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage in Rome as a great ‘Te Deum’! So too will this pilgrimage will be a great ‘Te Deum laudamus!’ from young adults to God in thanksgiving for the traditional liturgy of Holy Mother Church.
Register now to join us on this pilgrimage with Fr. Miara, the rest of the Juventutem NYC team, and like-minded young adults from the Tri-State area!
Vexilla regis prodeunt! Traditional young adult walking pilgrimage
August 2021 - 'Adoro te devote' Talk
MANHATTAN - On August 28th, 2021, Juventutem NYC held the third part of a its lecture series on the Most Holy Eucharist entitled 'Adoro te devote', after the Eucharistic hymn written by St. Thomas Aquinas.
The afternoon began with Holy Mass in the Ancient Use of the Roman Rite in the Shrine and Parish Church of the Holy Innocents, offered by the Pastor, Rev. Fr. James L.P. Miara. During Holy Mass, sick and infirm parishioners received the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Young adults paid witness to this powerful Sacrament. With recourse to Our Lady, Health of the Sick, young adults prayed for the healing of their own physical, emotional, and spiritual ailments as well as those of their families. Holy Mass was followed by a Eucharistic Procession keeping with the tradition at Lourdes; the site of the Apparitions of Our Lady to St. Bernadette and a place of miraculous healing for pilgrims through the Holy Eucharist.
Following Holy Mass, Lourdes-style Eucharistic Procession and Benediction, the young adults gathered in the Parish Hall on the lower level. Father Miara presented his third talk on the Most Holy Eucharist and then fielded a variety of questions from young adults. The lecture was filmed and will be provided to Juventutem NYC members in the coming weeks.
Monica Clarke, Secretary of Juventutem International paid a visit to our local chapter. She gave a brief summary of the global mission of Juventutem as well as recent efforts by one of our sister chapters of Juventutem based in Philadelphia. We were thrilled to have her and other members of Juventutem Philadelphia visit!
The evening concluded with a great meal together - pasta salad, charcuterie, and prosecco!
Approximately 60 young adults were in attendance.
Feast of the Assumption with Juventutem PHL, NYC & DC
July 2021 - 'Adoro te devote' Talk
MANHATTAN - On July 28th, 2021, Juventutem NYC held the second part of a three-part lecture series on the Most Holy Eucharist entitled 'Adoro te devote', after the Eucharistic hymn written by St. Thomas Aquinas.
The afternoon began with High Mass in the Ancient Use of the Roman Rite in the Shrine and Parish Church of the Holy Innocents, offered by the Pastor, Rev. Fr. James L.P. Miara. Holy Mass was followed by the annual Saint Anne novena and candlelight Eucharistic procession.
Following Holy Mass, the young adults gathered in the Parish Hall on the lower level. Lauren kicked off the session with a warm welcome followed by an announcement by David conveying the International Bureau's solidarity with all global Juventutem chapters relating to the papal Motu Proprio dated July 16, 2021.
Father Miara began his discourse with words of encouragement for young adults who are nourished by the ancient liturgy. He suggested Juventutem NYC members read the statement (found here) made by His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke regarding the aforementioned Motu Proprio.
Father Miara presented the second part of his talk on the Most Holy Eucharist which provided many helpful guidelines for the worthy and dignified reception of Our Lord in Holy Communion. Father Miara reiterated the importance of fasting before receiving Holy Communion. The current norm regarding fasting before communion is Canon No. 919: One who is to receive the Most Holy Eucharist is to abstain from any food or drink, with the exception only of water and medicine, for at least the period of one hour before Holy Communion. Traditional periods of fasting spanned three hours before receiving Our Lord or even as of midnight. Father Miara exhorted the young adults to make very regular use of the Sacrament of Penance and to receive Holy Communion frequently.
The lecture was filmed and will be provided to Juventutem NYC members at a later date. Following a robust round of questions and answers, John Paul appealed for everyone to re-double their efforts in active engagement in parochial life. The evening rounded off with several rounds of dinner and drinks! Thanks to Claire and Brendan for providing dessert!
Approximately 70 young adults were in attendance.
June 2021 - 'Adoro te devote' Talk
MANHATTAN - On June 12, 2021, Juventutem NYC held its debut event and kicked off a three-part lecture series on the Most Holy Eucharist entitled 'Adoro te devote', after the Eucharistic hymn written by St. Thomas Aquinas.
The afternoon began with Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite on the Feast of St. John of Sahagun in the Shrine and Parish Church of the Holy Innocents, offered by the Pastor, Rev. Fr. James L.P. Miara.
Following Holy Mass and a short period for private adoration and reflection, the young adults gathered in the Parish Hall on the lower level for a meet & greet as well as an informal registration of their contact details with the Juventutem NYC Team.
After a brief introduction, Father Miara presented a talk on the Most Holy Eucharist. One of many practical spiritual suggestions provided was for the faithful to make it a habit of uniting themselves daily with the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in prayer. One method of such union, known as the "Mass Clock", was championed by Rev. Fr. Joseph F. Stedman (1898-1946), the Director of the Confraternity of the Precious Blood and the chaplain of the Monastery of the Precious Blood in Brooklyn. The "Clock" and accompanying prayer are found here.
The lecture was filmed and will be provided to Juventutem NYC members at a later date. Following a robust round of questions and answers, the Juventutem NYC team appealed for everyone to lend their time, talents, and/or treasures to support the new local chapter. The evening rounded off with several helpings of dinner, drinks and dessert.
Roughly 70 young adults were in attendance.