June 18, 2015

A Look at the 2015 Festa di Sant'Antonio di Padova in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Viva Sant'Antonio!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Hundreds gathered at St. Athanasius Church in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn Sunday morning (June 13th) for the Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua. Mass was celebrated in English and Italian by Monsignor Cassato, followed by the blessing of the bread and procession through the neighborhood. After distributing the loaves, the celebration came to a close with the veneration of the relic back at the church.
Monsignor Cassato blesses the bread
Devotees pin donations on to the Statue of Saint Anthony 
Mariano and Luca show their support 
Emulating their hero 
The Associazione Culturale Pugliese Figli Maria SS. Addolorata led the way 
Members of Gruppo Italiano S. Atanasio (G.I.S.A.) sing and pray 
The Giglio Band were awesome 
There was a terrific turnout 
Residents erected shrines outside their homes 
Members of the community offered food and water to the marchers 
After the Procession, St. Anthony is returned to the church 
Back at the church, devotees venerate Saint Anthony's relic
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A Look at the 2014 Festa di Sant'Antonio, Bensohurst, Brooklyn