|Established in 1907, St. Stephen’s is a beautiful Italian Renaissance church tucked on the corner of a tree-lined street of old family homes and apartments, a quiet oasis just a few blocks from the bustling energy and activity of Hawthorne Avenue. With its impressive five story bell tower, rose window and terra cotta trim, St. Stephen’s two tone red brick façade is especially beautiful at sunset, when the dying light radiates warmth and welcome to the surrounding neighborhood. Enter its impressive bronze doors on such an evening on Saturday and you will be greeted by another light: the radiant beauty of sung prayer in ancient plainsong and sacred polyphony of the Latin Mass.
Since the first week of Advent, 2007, Cantores in Ecclesia has sung for the Saturday Vigil Mass each week at 7:30 pm. On most evenings, a wine and cheese reception follows Mass in the Rectory basement. We are indeed fortunate to have several dedicated priests willing and able to offer this Latin Mass in St. Stephen's wonderful and resonant acoustic, and grateful for the ongoing support of the church's pastor, Fr. Petrus.
We hope you will visit St. Stephen's soon and often; a viable congregations helps secure the future of Cantores in Ecclesia and ensure the continuation of the sung Latin Mass for many years to come.