Feast of St. Gerard Maiella, C.Ss.R., The: A Century of by Reverend Thomas D. Nicastro

By Reverend Thomas D. Nicastro

within the overdue 19th century, many Italian immigrants settled in Newark. For those novices, the Church turned a resource of group and power. Feasts of customer Saints from their paese, or village in Italy, have been a convention that helped make the hot state suppose extra just like the previous. At St. Lucy's Church, parishioners held the 1st banquet of St. Gerard Maiella--the unofficial purchaser of moms, childrens and the unborn--in October 1899, and it's been held each year given that. because the many years have handed, iteration after iteration of Italian americans go back each year to have a good time their history and Catholic religion and convey their gratitude for St. Gerard's strong intercession. during this means, the dinner party of St. Gerard, the treasure in their grandparents, has turn into a part of their descendants' heritage.

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