ROSELLE PARK — You know that summer has arrived in Roselle Park, when the Church of the Assumption holds its annual St. Anthony Italian Family Feast. This year it will be four days of faith, fun, family and friends, packed full of delicious homemade cooking, an Italian-style café, food venders, non-stop entertainment, music, amusements, and games. The events, located on the church grounds at 113 Chiego Place, will begin on Thursday, June 9 and run through Sunday, June 12. Hours: Thursday 6-10 p.m., Friday 6-11 p.m., Saturday 4-11 p.m., Sunday 2-10 p.m.
However, this will not just be a four-day carnival. The new pastor of the Church of the Assumption, Fr. James Spera, has planned a faith-oriented celebration that includes a procession through the streets with the statue of St. Anthony. The 100-year-old statue of St. Anthony, recently refurbished after languishing in storage since the current church was built, was part of the parish when it was founded in 1907. There will be a street procession honoring St. Anthony after the noon Mass on June 12, accompanied with music by the Tony Neglia Band.
This festival is close to Fr. Spera’s heart, who holds a devotion to the saint and a fascination with his life. St. Anthony was famous for his preaching and is a Doctor of the Church. Fr. Spera remarks “St. Anthony is the Lost and Found department of heaven.”
Church of the Assumption holds this annual Italian feast because originally it was designated as an Italian parish. A century ago, when the parish was founded, a parish could petition the archdiocese for permission to redefine itself under a designation that served a specific ethnic community. Eleven years ago the parish searched for a fundraising event that would attract a diverse ethnic demographic. What is there not to love about Italian food?
So come and have fun. Bring your friends and family. Experience an Italian festival and food. Pre-sale ride tickets will be available after all Masses with a discounted price of $12 per sheet. Take advantage of the “Pay One Price Ride Night” Thursday, June 9, where $20 gets you an unlimited ride bracelet. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.
For more information, visit http://www.assumptionrp.com/Feast.html or call 1-908-245-1107.
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