Thank You From The Bottom Of Our Hearts

PrintThe past few weeks have been filled with dozens of blessings 

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A priceless moment, my cousin Nicole captured during our last novena of the season. Friends and family gathered one last time to sing my Uncle Mike Militello’s favorite St. Joseph song Dell’Aurora.  I can only imagine how proud he must have been looking down on us that night as Ella sat on my lap to follow along and sing his song.

From Left: My daughter Amanda Mohan, Mother Pat Ciaramitaro, Sista Felicia with Ella Tucker, Great Granddaughter of my Uncle Mike & Aunt Vancie Militello


In an earlier post this month I stated hosting a St. Joseph altar in your home is a huge responsibility, commitment and undertaken. The devotion to honor St. Joseph with nightly novenas and several open house family feasts in a 9 day period takes precise planning and lots of help. This year my husband Barry and I were successfully able to pull off all of the above because of the help and generosity of our amazing family and friends. Barry and I were overwhelmed by the love and support surrounding our home this past month. Words simply cannot express how truly grateful we are for the blessings we have received during this year’s Feast of St. Joseph. This year friends, family and many new comers found their way over to our home to honor St. Joseph in prayer night after night. Each person, young and old that stepped through our doors, pitched in to help in some way.  Some set up nightly coffee time, cleaned cooked, baked, arranged flowers, shopped for supplies, donated produce, food, and supplies needed to keep our deep rooted tradition alive, thriving, and running smoothly. Last year we brought back this family tradition my Uncle Mike and Aunt Vincie Militello began and hosted for over 55 years.  After a 20 year absence of this annual tradition taken place in our personal family, we are honored to be the ones chosen to light the candles on the altar once again and follow in their footsteps, for many years to come.

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 We would like to thank the following people for their endless acts of kindness that deeply touched our hearts and made our second year as a host family to the Feast Of St. Joseph one to remember.

Our children BJ & Amanda Mohan, my mother Pat Ciaramitaro, my brother Joey Ciaramitaro and our nieces Eloise & Madeline Ciaramitaro.  Aunts, Gina Ciaramitaro, Eleanor Curcuru, and Leanne Ciaramitaro, Cousins, Joey Marcantonio,  Marissa Marcantonio, Eleanor Militello Tucker, Christine Militello Curcuru, Nicole Tucker, Ella Tucker Lucille Militello. Friends Steve & Dee Noble and their 3 children Zachary, Lainie, Skyler, Andrea Randazza Carlson, Rosalie Orlando-Foti, Bianca Foti, Mo Klop, Andrea Butler, Christie Guarrasi DaSilva, Nicole Curcuru, Grace Pallazola, Sefatia Giambanco Romeo Thaken, Maria Cannavo, Patrina LoContro, Giovanna Margiotta, Bridgette Mathews, Abby Mathews, Maryjane Sanfilippo Carollo, Alicia Cox , Eric Lorden,  Philip Perry, Rick Moore, Donna Ardizzoni, Rosemarie Calomo Vizena, Cape Ann Fruit Company, Sheree Zizik Cruiseport Gloucester, Frank Ciolino and family, Grace Giambanco Numerosi, Rosaria Giambanco-Floyd, Graig & Hannah Kimberley, James Eves,Jennifer Scala, Connie Russo Orlando, Mrs. Mary Russo


  • What a great tradition thank you for keeping this alive..xxoo


  • You are more than welcome. I hope to make next year. The last few weeks were to crazy for me.


  • A special tradition for a special saint, who more than deserves the honor.
    During the last song, Is Amanda texting in that pic? Maybe the words?


  • Once again, your post brought me to tears, I have loved reading about and seeing all of the pictures of the celebration of this wonderful tradition which you and others have kept or brought back to life, it is simply amazing. I so appreciated your invitation and was sorry to have missed it live, I promise next year that I will be there and will pitch in any way I can, especially want to do trolley night, have read all of the other posts and videos on this that Donna and Kim and others have done, all just awesome!!


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