Mary & Christmas, A Streamed Concert

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The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii Happily Announces that our 20th Anniversary Celebration of Mary and Christmas will take place in a virtual format on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 7 p.m.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii’s annual Mary and Christmas concert will be presented this year as a streamed event. This year, for the first time, we are blessed to have the exciting Chicago entertainer, John Vincent. Joining in the musical banquet of familiar and glorious Christmas melodies will be Shrine favorites, Josie Falbo, Anthony Rago and our beloved rector Rev. Richard Fragomeni, accompanied by a chamber orchestra and the William Ferris Chorale, all under the direction of Maestro Paul French.

We will remember the magnificent film composer Ennio Morricone in selections from The Mission, Cinema Paradiso, Once Upon a Time in America and Malena. The timeless melodies of the Christmas season will help to ring in the holiday season, and we look forward to sharing with you this exuberant and heartwarming evening of holiday music making.


Dear Shrine Family,

With all we have had to go through during this pandemic, it warms my heart to be able to share this invitation to our 20th anniversary of Mary & Christmas.

A year ago, we filled The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, listened to beautiful music, sang together and rejoiced. Little did we know we would soon be facing a deadly pandemic that would affect so many people.

We had to shut our Shrine doors for what seemed an eternity, and without our traditional fundraisers and Sunday donations, our finances were severely impacted. I know you share my feelings when I say I was a little lost without seeing our Shrine family every week and missing our special moments together.

That is why it brings me such joy to say we are celebrating this holiday season with Mary & Christmas!

The Shrine staff has been working extremely hard to ensure we keep one of our most treasured traditions, and I am grateful for their dedication. Because of COVID restrictions, our concert is not going to be the same event as we’ve held in the past, but it will give us music and joy in our special Shrine way. Under the direction of Maestro Paul French, we will have his orchestra and chorale ensemble create Mary & Christmas via video. The best way to ensure we can take every precaution, to ensure the orchestra and choir will be safe, is to record the concert without an audience. The orchestra and choir will be socially distant, and we will be using a special production method to capture the beautiful sounds we are used to inside the Shrine.

During this 20th anniversary of Mary & Christmas, like the angels in Heaven, our Shrine will again resonate in song this holiday season and continue to give us joy and hope so that we may continue… Shining On!

With all best wishes, I am, Sincerely yours, Fr. Richard N. Fragomeni, PhD, Rector


You will receive access instructions to the virtual program the morning of Saturday, December 5.  For further information, please contact Marcia Piemonte312.421.3757 or

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Thank you.


Voices From The Heart

Categories: Cultural Event, Homepage Feature

Dear Shrine Family,

With the Shrine opening coming soon, we wanted to share a message from several members of our Shrine Family.  We ALL look forward to coming together again to Shine On!  Thank You.


Please click here to see ‘These Trying Times’ video.




Please click here to see ‘I am Missing You’ video.




Please click here to see Mercoledi Moments – Shrine Bloopers.




Please click here to see the ‘Grazie Padre’ Video.




Please click here to see the ‘Voices From The Heart’ Video.