Our Italian Feasts
Three principal Feasts are celebrated each year in Holy Saviour Parish. They represent the Patrons of the principal places in Italy from which our people and their descendants trace their ancestry. These places can be seen in the photo above, from a mural in our Church Hall. The Pastor is pictured with a seminarian (now a priest) from Montella, whose uncles and cousins live in Norristown! The Feasts are:
Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Patroness of those who settled in our area from Casalduni and Benevento.This Feast is celebrated near July 16 at our Mission Church in Black Horse, Plymouth Township, which bears the name of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Santissimo Salvatore, The Holy Saviour: Patron of those who come from the town of Montella, in Campania, where Our Lord appeard as a young boy on the mountain top of the town. Celebrated on the Sunday near August 6.
Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca: Patroness of those who came to Norristown from the town of Sciacca in Sicily. This Feast is celebrated near August 15. The photo below shows an image of the large window placed over the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Soccorso in Sciacca due to the generosity of the Sciaccitani of Norristown, led by the men pictured here.
The Feast of Saint Emidio, Patron of those who come from Ascoli Piceno in the Marche region of Italy, is also celebrated in our Parish, on the first Sunday of August at the 9:30 Mass, without a street procession in his honor.
2013 Feast Dates
Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Sunday, July 21: 10AM Solemn Mass at Mission Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Fairfield Road, Plymouth Township, followed by Street Procession through streets of that section of the Parish.
Holy Saviour: Sunday, August 11: 11:30AM Solemn Mass in English and Italian at Holy Saviour Church, followed by Street Procession.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday Evenings, outdoor Festival on grounds of Holy Saviour Club, across the street from the Church.
Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca: Sunday, August 18: 11:30AM Solemn Mass in English and Italian at Holy Saviour Church, followed by Street Procession.
Sunday afternoon and evening, Indoor Festival, sponsored by the MSS Club, in Savior Hall, Walnut and Airy Streets (around the corner from the Church).
Some of those visiting this site may be doing historical or genealogical research. We add here some links to various websites, especially those linked to the places in Italy, and their Shrines, from which many people emigrated to Norristown:
For the town of Sciacca and the Shrine of the Madonna del Soccorso:
For the town of Montella and the Shrine of the Holy Saviour:
For the town of Casalduni: