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Novena Girls Gather at Sista Felicia’s to Assemble The 2016 St. Joseph Altar!


IMG_6312Part of yesterdays crew, from back left Sista Felicia, Jacquelyn Amero, Andrea Buttler, Dee Noble, Eleanor Tucker,Andrea Carlson, Nicole Curcuru, Mo Klop, Julie Douglass, Pat Ciaramitaro, Carlene Delaney, Cindy Beck



Andrea Carlson and Sue Lovasco preparing the altar for the fabric and lace


Nicole Curcuru and Jacquelyn Amero removing the Saints and Angel figurines from the china cabinet, for their annual bath!




Tanya Frost keeping tradition…Bathing each and every Saint before it’s placed on the Altar



A special “Thank You” from the bottom of my heart for everyone’s help and support. I ‘m blessed to have you all, and look forward to honoring St. Joseph together. We have 30+ more years of keeping tradition and building memories together.  


Julie Douglass dressing the tables


Mrs. San Giuseppe 2016…Andrea Carlson!  


Jacquelyn Amero, a new comer to our St. Joseph Altar this year, drove one and half hours from her home in New Hampshire to be apart of building this years altar. Like so many others in our community,  Jacquelyn grew up celebrating the Feast of St. Joseph as a child, and has longed to get back to her childhood roots celebrating and honoring St. Joseph. Yesterday Jacquelyn found her way back to an altar to be apart of a tradition that’s in her Sicilian Blood. Our families have been friends for generations, and I’m sure our grandparents had something to do with reconnecting her to St. Joseph and us after so many years.  Jacquelyn reminisced about attended  her great grandmother, Lucia Auditore Pino’s Feast of St. Joseph Novena, one of over 36 St. Joseph Altars thought out Gloucester years ago during the fishing industries prime throughout the day. I was thrilled to have Jacquelyn here, and even more thrilled that she reached out to me after seeing all the photos posted last year. Welcome Jackie! This Altar is for all who grew up with this amazing tradition, and are longing to have it be apart of their lives again.


Abbey Mathews, Nicole Curcuru, Dee Noble


“Ma” & Bridget Mathews, carefully placing “Aunt Vinci Militello’s” antique Saint and Angel figurines on the altar



Magical things happen on our Altar each year. Yesterday while assembling this years altar dressed in Gold & White and adorned in Angel  feathers, new comer & friend Charlene M Delaney​ noticed the lights flickering on the altar every time she held her camera phone up to take a photo of the altar. Immediately we all took out our phones and held them up to see if our phones displayed the sane flickering lights…not one displayed the same images…Only Charlene’s. Here is a small video clip of the flickering images her phone displayed each & every time she held her phone up to photograph the altar throughout the entire afternoon! I Believe the Angels are letting us know they are happy with the  design of this years altar & that Charlene has joined our group for prayer this year!

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Preparations For The Feast Of St. Joseph At Sista’s House Is Well Underway!



Preparations For The Fest Of St. Joseph Is Well Underway!


The planning baking, cleaning, and rearrangement of the house has begun! Over the weekend while cleaning, I decided to make a batch of “Rose Pedal Infused Sugar & Rose Pedal Jelly” using rose pedals left over from Valentines Day. My clever way to recycle the fragrant roses into a delightful sweet treat of Heart Shaped Linzer Cookies for my Novena Guest, that will tie in my families “Red Rose” Altar Theme onto the dinner room table where homemade pastries and confections are shared during our traditional nightly “Novena Coffee Time” held after each Rosary!

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My Rose Pedal Jelly Recipe is featured in “Gifts Of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia; Harvest” click link below to purchase copies of “Gifts Of Gold”


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Anticipated St. Joseph Feast at Sista Felicia’s


The feast of St. Joseph isn’t until the 19th, but the celebrations are getting started!  Felicia’s St. Joseph Altar was the first one I have blessed this year, and I was very happy to join the family and friends for a magnificent feast yesterday.


The fish was wonderful, and came in many varieties!


They made literally piles of home-made pasta for the occasion.


Fish was just half of the story; there was a variety of salad and antipasto.

And, of course, there were desserts! I particularly liked these nacho-style cannoli!


And of course, Joey was there with is family, along with several other members of the GMG team.  Thanks again, Joey, for inviting me to be a part of the GMG family!


Fr. Matthew Green

Celebrating St Joseph 2011 Slide Show

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.