St. Roch’s Feast again a community delight

From left, Salvatore Di Pietro, First Selectman Peter Tesei, procession grand marshal James Brunetti, Bishop Frank Caggiano, Bea Crumbine and Pasquale Masullo outside of St. Roch’s Church. –John Ferris Robben

From left, Salvatore Di Pietro, First Selectman Peter Tesei, procession grand marshal James Brunetti, Bishop Frank Caggiano, Bea Crumbine and Pasquale Masullo outside of St. Roch’s Church. –John Ferris Robben

It takes a lot of celebrating for something to be known as a feast, and the annual St. Roch’s Feast certainly qualifies.

The affair, which started mid-week and lasted all the way to Sunday, took place earlier this month and hundreds of people, not just from Greenwich, but from all over the area turned out. The feast is the biggest fund-raiser of the year for St. Roch Church but it’s also a celebration of not just Italian culture but community spirit as the event has become a destination event during the summer.

The feast’s traditions date to medieval Italy where St. Roch tended to those suffering from the black plague. It is celebrated traditionally in Italy and is a huge production each year in Chickahominy, where it is led by the Societa San Rocco di Morra de Santis, a mutual aid society founded in 1909.

There was live music, dancing, games, live magic demonstrations and, of course, food, including the renowned pizza fritta on display. The family friendly event, which even turned out gubernatorial candidate and Greenwich resident Tom Foley, along with his family, was described as another big hit by the organizers.

The celebration was capped off on Sunday, Aug. 9, with the annual procession and Italian mass, which was led this year by Bishop Frank Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport, paying a special visit to Greenwich, and Father Matthew Mauiello.

Post photographer John Ferris Robben was one of many on the scene and a slideshow of his pictures will be available online Monday at Greenwich-post.com.

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