Our 121st Feat of St. Rocco will certainly not be forgotten. After many, many years of beautiful weather, we finally got rain.
The thing I feared for so long happened, it rained on our parade.
Despite the dark skies and predictions for heavy rains, the Church was almost standing room only for Mass. As we prepared St. Rocco to leave the Church,
the sky grew darker and as we began our procession it began to rain, not drizzle, but POUR! Then something beautiful and miraculous happened.
My St. Rocco brothers carried St. Rocco with the same love, fierce devotion and pride that they always do. The devotees and members kept walking!
Some with umbrellas, others with rain gear and some with nothing to cover themselves at all! I asked if we should stop, I didn't want to coerce anyone to
continue, but EVERYONE said let's keep going, even the Police! The band came along too and within moments the rain stopped and we walked our entire procession route.
I will never forget that day, where I know St. Rocco was very, very pruod of his children.
As I sat down to write this short message, so many thoughts about the day came to mind. However, one aspect essentially describes the day, faith. The many people who came to celebrate
St. Rocco came with hopes and dreams and their gratitude. there were tears of joy and thanksgiving, very loud and meaningful shouts of VIVA SAN ROCCO! It is this atmosphere
of faith and love which characterize the day, both this year and every year.
Remember to call upon St. Rocco all year long; he will hear you, console you and help you. Secondly, one of the best ways to honor St. Rocco is to bring someone with you
to this year's feast, Sunday, August, 21st, 2011. I encourage members and devotees of St. Rocco to begin to "spread the news" about the feast and "recruit"
as many people as you can to join us on this special day.
We have a few "surprises" in store; keppe checking out website for exciting news as we get closer to the feat.
Wishing everyone, peace, health, and joy. VIVA SAN ROCCO!!!!
Stephen S. La Rocca
President St. Rocco Society of Potenza