150th Anniversary Celebra​tion

Join us in Carroll Gardens located at 125 Summit St. at Hicks St.
Join Us for the Opening Mass of the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the founding of Saint Stephen Catholic Church

On Sunday, January 17th at the 10AM Mass

Celebrated by Bishop James Massa
Followed by a Cake Reception in Cabrini Hall





All ensembles meet on Wednesdays in the choir loft. Contact James Lake or Evelyn Troester-Degraf email; music@sacred hearts-ststephen.com


Enhancing the celebration of Mass and other special occasions with traditional hymns, sacred choral concert repertoire and new compositions, this mixed adult ensemble provides a space for personal musical and vocal growth as well as collaborative music making and community building. All levels welcome! 7pm to 8:20 PM.


For ages 10-18, this selective group of engaged and interested young singers focuses on advanced music-making, singing in harmony, singing solos in performances, learning vocal technique and musical expression and taking on leadership roles for their younger colleagues in the children’s choir. Audition required. 5:30PM to 6:45 PM.


For the youngest voices in our parish and beyond, there is the beloved SHSS Children’s Choir. Girls and boys age 6-12, learn the joy of singing in a group and making great music together through both playful and performance-based experiences. 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM.

Papal Coat of Arms

stemma-papa-francesco These are the same that he used as bishop. The shield has a bright blue background, at the centre top of which is a yellow radiant sun with the IHS christogram on it representing Jesus (it is also the Jesuit logo). The IHS monogram, as well as a cross that pierces the H, are in red with three black nails directly under them. Under that, to the left, is a star representing Mary, Mother of Christ and the Church. To the right of the star is a nard flower representing Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church. With these symbols the Pope demonstrates his love for the Holy Family.

What distinguishes his coat of arms as pontiff is that, instead of the wide-brimmed, red cardinal’s hat atop the shield, it is now crowned by the papal tiara and crossed keys. Like Pope Benedict XVI, who was the first to do this, the traditional papal tiara has been replaced with a bishop’s mitre with three gold bands.

His motto—“miserando atque eligendo” (because he saw him through the eyes of mercy and chose him)—is taken from the Venerable Bede’s homily on the Gospel account of the call of Matthew. It holds special meaning for the Pope because—when he was only 17-years-old, after going to confession on the Feast of St. Matthew in 1953—he perceived God’s mercy in his life and felt the call to the priesthood, following the example of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Who will be at the Inauguration of Pope Francis I

At the end of the celebration, and after removing the Liturgical vestments, the Pope will go to the Basilica’s high altar, before which he will greet the heads of the official delegations from various countries who will pass before him.

He will then go to the Domus Sanctae Marthae for lunch.
Other delegations staying in Rome can meet with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, S.D.B., secretary of State of His Holiness, and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States the following day, Wednesday (for example, the President of Brazil in light of the upcoming World Youth Day). As is known, the Pope will receive delegations of the Christian Churches and Ecclesial Communities and of other religions in audience on Wednesday.


Those Attending
• After nearly 1,000 years, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, His Holiness Bartholomew I, will attend the inauguration of the Pope of Rome.

• The main delegations that are expected to attend are:
33 delegations representing Christian Churches and Ecclesial Communities Among these will be present: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I; Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians Karekin II; Metropolitan Hilarion of the Patriarchate of Moscow; many metropolitans; Anglican Archbishop Sentamu; Secretary of the World Council of Churches Fykse Tveit; etc.

• 16 members of important Jewish delegations including: the Jewish community of Rome; international Jewish committees; the Chief Rabbinate of Israel; the World Jewish Congress; the Anti-Defamation League, etc. As well as delegations of Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jainists, etc.

• Delegations from 132 countries have confirmed their attendance.

• The delegations are coming to Rome following information of the event made public by the Secretary of State.
There were no ‘invitations’ sent out. All who wish to come are warmly welcomed. No one has privileged status or will be refused. The order will depend on protocol and the level of the delegation.”

• The most important delegations will be those from Argentina, led by President Cristina Kirchner and Italy, led by President Napolitano and Prime Minister Monti with presidents of the Italian Senate, House, and Constitutional Court.

• Also expected are six reigning sovereigns; 31 heads of state; three crown princes; 11 heads of government (ie. Vice President of the United States; and delegations led by: first ladies, vice presidents, vice prime ministers, parliament presidents, ministers, ambassadors, and other dignitaries.)