Photos from Tuesday evening’s Novena and procession. Truly a beautiful and blessed tradition.
Novena Ladies ~ Thank you Grace and Jeanne Marie for your kind assistance and for allowing filming.
Jeanne Marie and Dante
Vanessa, Marissa, and Gianna
Sara Favazza proudly stands by the statue of Saint Peter. She is the youngest of Captain Salvatore Favazza’s ten children. In 1926-1927, Captain Favazza commissioned Charlestown sculptor De Petero to create the statue of Saint Peter.
Giovanna and Mayor Romeo Theken
Photos by Bridget Mathews
Early this morning daughter Amanda and I were reminiscing about this years Novean while looking through dozens of photos downloaded onto my computer. It’s with mixed emotions I write todays post. Feeling incredible blessed to be surrounded this year by so many who share a devotion to St. Joseph. As a group through the power of prayer we have come together to continue the deep rooted Sicilian tradition for future generations. It’s been wonderful to see the young kids join us in prayer and song each night. It truly warmes my heart to see them inthustically following their prayer books eager to learn the Sicilian words! It’s been a wonderful 2 weeks of prayer and preparation for our celebatory feast on Thursday March 19th. It’s hard to believe that tonight is our last “Novena” of the 2015 celebration. I have to thank my faithful Novena ladies for everything they did to make this years so special…the memories we made, the laughs we had, the tears we shed, and the jokes we told, and the stories shared will be remember for a lifetime. As Andrea reminds us each night “we got at least 30 more years of this together ladies!” Please know from the bottom of my heart ,I thank each and everyone of you for being by my side night after night and I very much look forward to the next 30 years together. Tonight we pray one last time together, and tomorrow we celebrate our Patron Saint Joseph!
Viva Gesu Maria Giuseppe….Viva!
Father Jim Blessing the Altar and ingredients for tomorrows feast Of St. Joseph
Click Read More For Bridget Mathews photo gallery of last nights blessing prayers service.
Click the picture then you will be brought to UStream where they ask you to watch a short 30 second ad and then the live feed will play for you!
thanks To James From Cape Ann Giclee For The Help Getting The Feed Streaming
Thank you for keeping up the tradition and inviting us in your home
Video and Slide Show Below
Special thanks to all of the beautiful families who welcomed us into their homes, Sefathia for organizing the Trolley, Bob Ryan from CATA and Eddie Salah who donated his time to drive the Novena Trolley and our trolley mates who did the 2012 Novena crawl.
The work put in by these families is truly astounding and we are all honored by the welcoming by each and every house and huge props go out to the women, men and children that keep this tradition alive. You are what makes our community special.
Kim Smith will do her usual knock out job covering the entire thing in a much more refined manner than my stuff but it will take a bit for her to chew through all the footage.
In the mean time, I’ll be doing a separate post each day from each family, some had more coverage than other from me as while The Bean and Snoop Maddie Mad were still with us I wanted to spend that time with them.
First off, the Trolley-
Click the slideshow below to see the larger sized pictures of the thumbnails-
Video with Sefathia explaining what it’s all about-
I was touched beyond measure when Felicia invited my husband and I to celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph with she and her family, and to record the traditional songs and family Novenas throughout the city.
Orlando Family Alter
Rosalie and Maryann Orlando created a stunning alter; even the curtains are color co-ordinated to match their color scheme of plum, rose, lavender, and white.
Rosalie Orlando and Felicia
Last night we recorded every song and tonight we will record the music again because the same songs are not sung every night. Then tomorrow night we will visit all the Novenas throughout the city in what Joey referred to as the “crawl’ and what Felicia calls “Italian Trick or Treat.” And then for the magnificent feast at Felicia’s home on Monday night… Stay tuned for much more to follow.
Pat, Lillian, and Phyllis sharing a joke…
After prayers and singing a delicious supper was served, with pizza made by Joe Orlando, salad, and homemade pastries. My deepest thanks to the Orlando family for allowing me to film thier beautiful family tradition. And for the very warm welcome to their lovely home, wonderful dinner, and much laughter!
To read the extensive GMG coverage and see Joey’s videos from last year’s Novenas, go to the GMG search box and type in Novena.
From The Gloucester Daily Times-
When Felicia was growing up this special recipe was prepared by her Aunt “FeFe“, Vincie and Uncle Mike (Militello). Now she makes it herself and passes along the family’s recipe secrets. The main ingredients are cauliflower, fava beans, and the ferns on top of the anise bulbs. In fact, since the grocers and supermarkets typically throw away this part of the plant before even putting it on the shelf, Felicia goes around each year to remind them to avoid that for this special week of St. Joseph’s Day so that she and others can properly make the dish.
Her aunt and uncle FeFe and Vincie used to create an alter every St. Joseph’s Day and that became very big, so big that many people came each year to pay their respects and eat some of the special pasta dish. The pasta sauce was served over home made St. Joseph fettuccini pasta. What made this St. Joseph Pasta is that all the flower used to prepare the feast was blessed by a priest the day before St. Joseph day. It was done, in fact, at a very special mass in Aunt FeFe and Uncle Vincie’s home in front of her alter. You cannot get much more authentic than that.
You can read my buddy Heather Atwood’s article about Felicia and St Joseph’s Traditions here-
If you Love The Fiesta, If You Love Gloucester, If you Love The Community and The Tradition You Owe It To Yourself To Come Down and Celebrate at Lat 43 Saturday Night To See The Movie on The 25 Foot Screen we Will Be Hoisting High In The Air In The Lat 43 Parking lot which Will be transformed into an outdoor café for an incredible community event!
It’s not only Fiesta Footage Though-
We will also show footage of the blue lobsters, albino lobsters, rare golden sea robin, Sunday Senior Seine Boat race, Friday Saturday and Sunday greasy pole footage, Monkey Balls, Craig Kimberly’s Fiesta Videos, Faces Of The Fishermen Video from EJ, Gloucester’s Finast Kind Calendar, and much much more. The Outdoor café setup in the parking area in front of Lat 43 will be incredibly set up and they will be practically giving the food away and there will be adult beverage service- NOT TO BE MISSED!!!!!
Great-great grandchildren of Salvatore Favazza
From The St. Peter’s Fiesta History:
In 1927 one of the Italian-American fishing captains, Salvatore Favazza, had a life-sized statue of St. Peter enshrined in the heart of the Italian district. Soon the fishermen and their families began to pray before this image of their patron saint. It wasn’t long before the wives and mothers of the fishermen began formulating plans for a religious procession to be held annually on June 29 in honor of St. Peter. Gradually, this annual procession grew to a day-long demonstration of faith to the protector of all fishermen.
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To see the slideshow, click here.
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Look for the Novena video from The Orlando family tomorrow
Click on the picture for Joey’s slide show which brings us through the first 5 houses on Sefatia’s list of 11 Gloucester St Joseph Novenas. I wish I could have gone to all 11 houses but I wanted the girls to have a good memory of it and as the night wore on I didn’t want to push them too far past their normal 6:30PM bedtime. Look for Manny’s slide show which will have many more of the houses and a ton of pictures of the people who attended the novenas.
I’d like to extend a special thanks to the Fontana, Scola, Russo,Ferrante and Orlando families for opening their houses and continuing this beautiful tradition. I’d also like to thank Sefatia for being a fantastic guide and teacher along the route. She reminded me of many things I’d long forgotten about the traditions and taught me a whole lot more.
Click the picture for my slide show and don’t forget to look for Manny’s slide show which will have many of the faces from the crowd. Also I will post a video each day over the next 5 days from each of the 5 novenas in the order in which we visited them on Sefatia’s list.
I attended the Novena last night, it is a beautiful sight.
I got a chance to talk to Sara and Grace Favazza, wonderful ladies.
Thank you so much for making me feel so welcomed…
Please enjoy the video.