THE ORCHESTRA OF ST. PETER BY THE SEA opens its Christmas Season in concert at the Church of the Sacred Heart, South Plainfield, NJ on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 3:00PM. Conducted by Rev. Alphonse Stephenson, allow this world-class orchestra to lift your spirits and leave you singing.
List of all Christmas Concerts-2017
Sunday, November 26, 3:00 PM – Sacred Heart Church, 149 South Plainfield Ave. South Plainfield, NJ 07080 (908)-756-0633
Friday, December 1, 8:00 PM – Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Ave. West Long Branch, NJ 07764 – (732)-571-6889
Saturday, December 2, 8:00 PM – Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ 07765 – (732)-499-8226
Sunday, December 3, 3:00 PM – Dominican College, 495 Western Highway, Orangeburg, NY 10962 (845)-848-7406
Tuesday, December 5, 7:30 PM – Corpus Christi RC Church, 234 Southern Blvd, Chatham, NJ 07928 (973)-635-0070 ex 710
Friday, December 8, 7:30 PM – St. Dominic’s RC Church, 250 Old Squan Road, Brick, NJ 08724 (732)-840-1410
Saturday, December 9, 7:00 PM – St. Raphael Church, 346 East Mount Pleasant Ave., Livingston, NJ 07039 (973)-992-9490
Sunday, December 10, 3:00 PM – Immaculate Conception Church, 316 Old Allerton Road, Annandale, NJ 088801 (908)-735-7319
Thursday, December 14, 7:30 PM – Church of the Immaculate Conception, 540 Chestnut Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08611 (609)-586-3705 ex 135
Friday, December 15, 7:30 PM – St. Mary of the Pines Church, 100 Bishop Lane, Manahawkin, NJ 08005 (609)-698-4242
Saturday, December 16, 7:00 PM – The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theater, 54 Journal Square Plaza, Jersey City, NJ 07306
Sunday, December 17, 2:00 PM – Somerset County Vocational School, 14 Vogt Drive, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 (908)-725-1008 ex 104
Sunday, December 17, 7:30 PM – Notre Dame Church, 359 Central Avenue, North Caldwell, NJ 07006 (973)-226-0979
Seven Indian sites awarded by UNESCO
Encouraging conservation through PPP
Indian receives seven out of 16 awards in 2017 Source- UNESCO
While the award for merit was given to three Indian historical sites, the others four sites were given honourable mentions in the UNESCO Asia Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Asia Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation was announced on November 1, 2017, and India bagged the highest number of awards among all the participant nations.
The award recognises work done by individuals and organisations to restore adapt and conserve structures and buildings of heritage value. Recognizing this, UNESCO seeks to encourage private sector involvement and public-private collaboration in conserving the region’s cultural heritage for the benefit of current and future generations.
The Awards of Merit were given to Byculla’s Christ Church, the Royal Bombay Opera House and Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. Honourable mentions were given to the Bomanjee Hormarjee Wadia Fountain and Clock Tower, the Wellington Fountain, Gateways of Gohad Fort and Haveli Dharampura.
“The Jury was impressed by the heroic nature of the conservation projects, especially those that underscore the importance of protecting the heritage that is rooted in the least powerful segments of society,” said Duong Bich Hanh, Chair of the Jury and Chief of UNESCO Bangkok’s Culture Unit.
For a country whose heritage is under constant threat in the name of development, these new set of awards might bring a wind of change. Seven Indian cultural landmarks were among the 16 winners from six countries; Australia, China, India, Iran, New Zealand and Singapore thus, making India the highest scorer in the game. The sites that have been awarded might now attract a large number of footfalls from India and around the world.
The Awards of Merit
The church opened to worship in 1833. This Neo-Classical church structure was restored in two phases. According to the UNESCO report, the church had suffered from earlier inappropriate repair works that disguised and diminished its cultural value. The panel appreciated the fact that Artisan skills were revived during the renewal of the elegant interior with its gilded columns, memorial stained glass windows and lath and plaster ceiling.
Royal Bombay Opera House
Opera house was restored from a near-derelict state. It opened in 1916 and was called the finest theatre in the East; the century-old building was shut down over two decades ago. The panel acknowledged the extensive restoration of its decorative features using expert knowledge and research, to ensure that India’s only surviving opera house could make its mark again.
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Tiruchirappalli
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple has revived through a major public-private initiative. It is said that the use of traditional methods in renovating temple structures and re-establishment of rainwater harvesting and historic drainage system, to augment water and prevent flooding, were the main reasons for the temple to achieve the award.
The Honourable mention
Bomonjee Hormarjee Wadia Fountain and Clock Tower, Mumbai
The 19th-century drinking water fountain and the clock tower was built in memory of the benevolent Bomonjee Hormarjee Wadia. It was restored by Vikas Dilawari Architects(VDA) in association with the Kala Ghoda Association and the local Zoroastrian community. The initiative saved the landmark by strengthening structure’s features and also repair the vandalised clock, thereby bringing this civic landmark back to life.
Gateways of Gohad Fort, Bhind
The fort was built in the 16th century. Jat Kings ruled over this place for several years. The conservation of Hathai Paur (Elephant Gate) and Sankal Darwaja (Chain Gate) has reinstated a significant feature of the 15th -century Gohad Fort and enhanced the surrounding townscape. The gateways are still daily used by the local residents.
Haveli Dharampura, Delhi
This accommodation, located in the cramped lanes of Chandni Chowk recently experienced a complete renovation; the site was restored by a father-son duo; Vijayant and Siddhant Goel. The duo has converted a crumbling haveli into a boutique hotel, where kathak dance performances punctuate the night and tablaartistes come to play.
Wellington Fountain, Colaba
Built in 1865, Wellington Fountain is the only functional ornamental fountain in the city. It is an example of Neo-Classical structure. The restoration of this landmark was supported Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. The UNESCO report appreciated the use of rigorous methodology and scientific technology for preserving the monumental building and the ornamental fountain.
Thank you Fr. Jerry of Gujarat Sahitya Prakash
(News from “The Times of India:)INDORE: “Blessed Rani Maria, pray for us,” proclaimed Vatican ambassador Cardinal Angelo Amato on Saturday. And 15,000 Christians repeated the words after him at a local school in Indore, marking the beatification of Sister Rani Maria Vattalil as a martyr.
In the audience, was seated her killer Samandar Singh. Next to him sat the Blessed Maria’s sister, Sr Selmi. “I cannot undo what happened. That was also God’s call. This, too, is God’s call. She was a saint, and now she’ll be declared one too,” said Samandar who had stabbed her viciously 22 years ago. He was sentenced to life but was released in 2002 after Sister Selmi visited him in jail and asked that he be pardoned.
Beatification is one step away from Canonisation, and Sister Maria is the first nun from north India to be Beatified and the seventh Indian to be beatified after Sister Alphonsa, Fr Kuriakose Chavara, Mother Euphrasia, Fr Joseph Vaz, Fr Gonsalo Garcia and Mother Teresa. The ceremony was held St. Paul’s HS School in the presence of Cardinal Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for Cause of Saints (Vatican), and 45 bishops and five cardinals from India.
Just before Gloria (singing praises of God), Cardinal Amato read out the apostolic letter in Latin, announcing Pope Francis’s declaration that Sr Rani Maria be called Blessed and her feast may be celebrated every year on February 25 — the day she was martyred in 1995. The Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops arrived in the form of a procession.
Right after the announcement, a relic and a large portrait of Sister Maria were brought to the altar by the family members, representatives from the church in Kerala and representatives of Sr Rani Maria’s Franciscan Clarist Congregation. Cardinal Angelo Amato said, “She’s not just an inspiration to Udainagar church but to Catholics across the globe. Her sacrifice has become a beacon of light for missionaries. “