2006-10-18 / Features

St. Joseph's Celebrates St. Padre Pio Festival

(L. to r.) Parishioners Tony Raspate, Gerado Ficetola and Tony Tiseo carry the statue of St. Pio through the streets surrounding St. Joseph's Roman C a t h o l i c Church on 30th Ave. in Astoria. (L. to r.) Parishioners Tony Raspate, Gerado Ficetola and Tony Tiseo carry the statue of St. Pio through the streets surrounding St. Joseph's Roman C a t h o l i c Church on 30th Ave. in Astoria. St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 43-19 30th Ave., Astoria, held its second annual parish festival and bazaar in honor of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina from September 21 to 24. The high point of the celebration came on Saturday, September 23, when after Holy Mass in honor of St. Pio, the statue of the saint was carried through the streets of the parish at the head of a festive procession.

The Italian Committee of St. Joseph's (l. to r.): Maria Saraceni, Rosa Sabatino, Marcella Masselin, Giuseppina Petrella, Maria Primiani, Rev. Father John P. Harrington, pastor, Rosa Branca, Steven Quatela, Andy Rosano, Joe DiPietro and Grace Raspante, posed at the annual St. Pio dinnerdance.  The Italian Committee of St. Joseph's (l. to r.): Maria Saraceni, Rosa Sabatino, Marcella Masselin, Giuseppina Petrella, Maria Primiani, Rev. Father John P. Harrington, pastor, Rosa Branca, Steven Quatela, Andy Rosano, Joe DiPietro and Grace Raspante, posed at the annual St. Pio dinnerdance. Rev. Father John P. Harrington, pastor of St. Joseph's, Astoria c.), assisted by Rev. Father Lawrence Gellel and Deacon Felipe Alvarez, leads the procession of the statue of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina through the streets of the parish. Rev. Father John P. Harrington, pastor of St. Joseph's, Astoria c.), assisted by Rev. Father Lawrence Gellel and Deacon Felipe Alvarez, leads the procession of the statue of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina through the streets of the parish. P a r i s h i o n e r s from the Italian community at St. Joseph's joined in the procession. P a r i s h i o n e r s from the Italian community at St. Joseph's joined in the procession.

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