Our 122nd Feast of St. Rocco, held last August, 2011 was as usual, thank God, a tremendous success! We had record crowds and a little afternoon drizzle, but nothing like the torrential downpour of 2010.
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 each year, 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.
Our 123rd Feast will be held Sunday, August 19, 2012. What an amazing blessing that we continue to celebrate
St. Rocco 123 years after the first Italian immigrants brought this feast to the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
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 19, 2012. 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.
Wishing everyone, peace, health, and joy. VIVA SAN ROCCO!!!!
Stephen S. La Rocca
President St. Rocco Society of Potenza