Our Italian Feasts
FEAST DATES FOR 2016:
Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Sunday, July 17. 10AM Mass at our Mission Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, followed by Processionsthrough the streets, to the Mount Carmel Club. Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament immediately following the Procession. Grande Festa Italian held on the grounds of the Mt Carmel Club, Ridge Pike, on Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17.
Holy Saviour: Sunday, August 7, 11:30 Mass, in English and Italian, at Holy Saviour Church, followed by Street Procession. Festivities, Food and Games, weekend of August 5, 6, and 7 on the Grounds of the Holy Saviour Club on Main Street.
Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca: Sunday, August 14, 11:30 Mass in Eglich and Italian at Holy Saviour Church, followed by Street Procession. Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament immediately after the Procession. “Indoor Block Party,” Sunday, August 14 from 12 to 8PM in Savior Hall, Walnut and Airy Streets. Food and Entertainment.
Three principal Feasts are celebrated each year in Holy Saviour Parish. They represent the Patrons of the principal places in Italy from which our people and their descendants trace their ancestry. These places can be seen in the photo above, from a mural in our Church Hall. The Pastor is pictured with a seminarian (now a priest) from Montella, whose uncles and cousins live in Norristown! The Feasts are:
Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Patroness of those who settled in our area from Casalduni and Benevento. This Feast is celebrated near July 16 at our Mission Church in Black Horse, Plymouth Township, which bears the name of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Santissimo Salvatore, The Holy Saviour: Patron of those who come from the town of Montella, in Campania, where Our Lord appeard as a young boy on the mountain top of the town. Celebrated on the Sunday near August 6.
Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca: Patroness of those who came to Norristown from the town of Sciacca in Sicily. This Feast is celebrated near August 15. The photo below shows an image of the large window placed over the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Soccorso in Sciacca due to the generosity of the Sciaccitani of Norristown, led by the men pictured here.
The Feast of Saint Emidio, Patron of those who come from Ascoli Piceno in the Marche region of Italy, is also celebrated in our Parish, on the first Sunday of August at the 9:30 Mass, without a street procession in his honor.