Catholic American Parish in Rome has a New Home


For many years, Americans visiting or living in Rome, have attended Mass in English at the Church of Santa Susanna. The church has served as the national parish for U.S. residents of Rome since 1921, when the church was assigned to the care of the Paulist Fathers.  

Due to problems discovered in June 2013 (wood items falling from the ceiling, among other things), the Church regrettably had to be closed to the public; however, alternative arrangements for Mass were made at two Roman Churches nearby.

Saint Patrick's will be the new home
Saint Patrick’s will be the new home

Now, it has been announced by the Rector, Rev. Gregory S. Apparcel, that the parish has found a new permanent home.  It will be located in Saint Patrick’s Church in Rome, not far from the U.S. Embassy. Daily Mass in English will begin on August 1, 2017.  There is also a vigil Mass on Saturdays and two Masses on Sundays, all in English.

Check our web page for more details concerning the new home for the American parish in Rome, including Mass times, special events, and more.

Exciting new Danube River Cruise for Catholics

A rapidly growing segment of the cruise industry has been river cruises, especially in Europe. They offer much smaller ships, dock right in the heart of town, almost everything is included in the price including shore excursions, drinks, gourmet meals and many other items that have become extra cost on most ocean cruises.

Unfortunately, there were hardly any that offered a priest on board….until now.  

Select International Tours, an award-winning tour operator, is offering a Danube River cruise in June 2018, with Father Leo Patalinghug (Host of EWTN “Grace before Meals”) as spiritual director and Gus and Michelle Lloyd (radio hosts of “Seize the Day” on Sirius XM).  

You can get a $100 discount when you register using code CTguide.  This cruise will fill up fast, the ship only hold 180 passengers, so don’t wait too long to sign up.  

Click here for details.


Relics of St Anthony of Padua available for Veneration in U.S., Canada, Australia in June

As usual, friars from the Basilica of Saint Anthony will leave Padua this June to take relics of their beloved Saint to his devotees around the world:

Three of of the Friars will accompany  some of St. Anthony’s relics to the following countries:

United States (June 9 to 18)

Canada (June 9 to 18)

Australia (June 6 to 21)


The friars accompanying the relics are as follows:

Fr. Alessandro Ratti will be in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut,

Fr. Paolo Floretta in the Toronto area,

Fr. Louis Cenci in the Lac-Bouchette, Quebec area (mainly in French), and

Fr. Mario Conte will be in the Australian states of Adelaide, Victoria and finally in the Sydney area.

Check our Calendar of events for the month of June for dates and places for veneration.  There are still one or two dates to be determined, so check back for updates.

Sistine Chapel Choir coming to the U.S. in September 2017

The Sistine Chapel Choir (the Pope’s own choir) will be coming to the U.S. in September to perform three concerts:  New York City, Washington, DC and Detroit, Michigan. 

This is the choir’s first return visit to the U.S. in over 30 years, and tickets will probably sell out far in advance.  

Check our September calendar page for more  information.

For additional event information visit their website

Archbishop Sheen’s body to be moved to Peoria, Illinois

In a strange legal battle, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s body has been in New York.  The Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, where he was originally ordained has been fighting to have his body returned.  He was born in El Paso, Texas.

The Peoria Diocese has spearheaded a campaign for sainthood for Sheen, who became renowned as television’s first televangelist. In fact his Saturday night show in the 50’s at one time aired opposite Milton Berle and Frank Sinatra…..and he bested them both!

In the sainthood process, a custom of the canonization comes into play: the remains of a saint get buried at the site of where the sainthood petition began — in this case, Peoria.  Sheen’s remains would be interred in a marble crypt to be built near the altar at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, where hewas ordained as a priest.

Sheen, who died at age 84 in 1979, is buried in the crypt under the sanctuary at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan.


Holy Doors of Mercy Closing is where to find one

Although Pope Francis has declared that the Year of Mercy will end November 20, 2016, some dioceses in various countries are closing their Holy Doors before that….this weekend, in fact.

You don’t want miss this unique opportunity for Catholics to obtain a plenary indulgence (provided other criteria are met)

Click here for a list of Holy Doors around the world.

Michaelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibit comes to Dallas Texas

You could view Michelangelo’s stunning frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, sure. Or, you could see replicas of those works of art at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas.

Photographs show Michelangelo's work in its original size.

Photographs show Michelangelo’s work in its original size.

Gabriel Ioana, GIO Photography

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition makes its first stop in the United States in Dallas on Sept. 30, the opening day of the State Fair.  The exhibit will run through October 23, the end of the Fair; however, it may be extended on through December.  

Admission is in addition to the State Fair admission, and is $8 per adult.    General Admission to the exhibition is $8; children 6 and under are admitted for free.  Cheaper than the airfare to Rome.


VIP tickets are $35 and include a guided audio tour from 7-9 p.m., champagne and access to the balcony for fireworks viewing,

New entry requirement now transiting through Canada need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

New entry requirements for those flying to or through Canada go in to effect on Sept 30, 2016.  New entry requirement: visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).  

Those traveling by land or sea are not required to have this form.