115th Feast of the Assumption in Little Italy | Events
Cleveland, OH - Holy Rosary Church in the Little Italy neighborhood will sponsor its annual tradition of “The Feast” from August 15 to 18, 2013. The festival of faith, family, food, and fun commemorates the holy day in the Roman Catholic Church honoring the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
For 115 years, The Feast has been one of the largest and most visible demonstrations of Catholic faith in the Cleveland community. Initially, the Italian immigrant population would gather to pray, renew friendships and offer hospitality through their traditions and religious devotions. Today, The Feast continues to be an annual gathering to celebrate the religious holy day, as well as continue the Italian heritage. The Feast welcomes those of all faiths and backgrounds to share in the celebration, offer prayers, and learn about the Catholic faith.
The Feast will begin with the 10:00 a.m. Solemn Mass on the Feast Day, August 15th, which is followed by an outdoor procession beginning at approximately 11:15 a.m. where hundreds of people will process through the streets to pray and pay homage to the Blessed Mother. The four day celebration includes all varieties of Italian food served by volunteers at the church, local restaurants, and street vendors. Live entertainment and amusement rides and games will be located on the church grounds for all to enjoy. The festival will conclude with a candlelight procession held at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 18 followed by prayers and blessing before a fireworks display ends the festivities for the year.
All proceeds from items sold on the church property will benefit Holy Rosary Church. Net profits support the needs of the parish as well as support the education of parish children who attend Catholic elementary schools.
Established in 1892, Holy Rosary Church is the cornerstone of the Little Italy neighborhood. The parish encourages a spirit of cooperation between all those coming together to celebrate this long-standing Cleveland tradition. Holy Rosary Church is located at 12021 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, OH 44106, near University Circle. A complete schedule of events can be found at www.holy-rosary.org.