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Mt. Carmel to celebrate 124th feast

The Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church will celebrate 124 unbroken years of devotion to the Blessed Mother from July 13 to 16. Festivities will culminate on July 16 with a 9 a.m. Solemn Mass in Italian in the church, a morning procession to a noon field Mass and a second procession following the Mass. A street festival will run from July 13 to 16, and a Novena will run from July 7 to 15. Related events include the presentation of the banners at 7 p.m. on July 11, the presentation of the roses at 6 p.m. on July 12 ...

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Festa Italiana to light up lakefront in Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s venerable Festa Italiana will celebrate 40 years of family, fun and tradizione from July 21 to 23 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park. Headlining this year’s event are the Gin Blossoms; Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti, star of Season 11 of “America’s Got Talent”; and the BoDeans, featuring 2012 “The Voice” finalist Nicholas David; Other acts include Ray Massa’s EuroRhythms, The Sicilian Tenors, Anna Calemme, Tre Principesse, Tony Spavone, The Russo Brothers, the Florentine Opera, Violin Femmes starring Bella Electric Strings, and Heart tribute band Dog ‘N’ Butterfly. The Flag Throwers of the Florentine will once again travel from Italy ...

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Mokena gears up for fourth annual Festa Italiana

The fourth annual Mokena Festa Italiana will be held on July 16. Last year’s event attracted 2,000 attendees, and an even larger crowd is expected this year. The festival is based on the traditional Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Melrose Park. The day will begin with an 11 a.m. procession from the Mokena Intermediate School at 11331 195th St. to the festival grounds at the Front Street Metra Station lot. Customary Italian foods such as pasta and meatballs, sausage and beef sandwiches, fried dough, pastries, and Italian ice will be served. Musical acts will perform throughout the ...

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Gala to fete centenary of Mother Cabrini

The National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini will celebrate the life, legacy and mission of its namesake with a gala reception from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on July 19 at the Chicago History Museum. This year marks 100 years since Mother Cabrini’s earthly life ended and her eternal life began. While the gala is an annual event, in 2017 it is part of a yearlong series of events commemorating the impact Mother Cabrini made on the lives of Chicagoans in the areas of education, healthcare, outreach to immigrants, spiritual support and social welfare. The gala will include a cocktail ...

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Feast of Beato Giovanni Liccio

The Feast of Beato Giovanni Liccio will take place on July 30 at Casa Italia in Stone Park. The feast has its origins in Caccamo, Palermo, Sicilia. The event is sponsored by Società Beato Giovanni Liccio di Caccamo. Festivities include a noon Mass, followed by a procession with the Sicilian Band of Chicago and a family festival featuring food, live entertainment and activities for children. A coroncina and Mass will be celebrated at Cappella Beato Giovanni in Chicago from July 23 to 28. (Tony Sapienza, 630-935-6998)

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Feast of Madonna del Carmine

The Feast of Madonna del Carmine will take place on July 23 at Villa Scalabrini in Northlake. The event is sponsored by Società Maria SS. del Carmine. The feast has its origins in Noicattaro, Bari, Puglia. It features a 12:30 a.m. Mass followed by a procession and refreshments in Paterno Hall. A 4:30 p.m. dinner dance will be held at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison. Tickets for the dinner dance are $65. A Novena will run from July 14 to 22. (Antonia Favuzzi, 630-539-1433)

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Saturday Night Live delivers a low blow

The Italian American One Voice Coalition placed “Saturday Night Live,” Executive Producer Lorne Michaels and the SNL writing staff in the One Voice Hall of Shame. The placement followed a blatantly anti-Italian comedy skit on a recent SNL. “The slurs used during this so-called comedy skit have not been heard on network TV in decades and should not be heard ever again on any broadcast medium — or anywhere,” said One Voice president Doctor Manny Alfano. “It baffles me as to how this skit was even included in the show and how Executive Producer Lorne Michaels allowed it to air!” ...

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Rep. D’Amico goes to bat for his constituents

It’s been a busy spring for State Rep. John D’Amico. As Fra Noi goes to press, the state representative is sponsoring House Bill 2647, which would require the Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs to create several programs to better serve veterans with PTSD and other service-related mental illnesses. He is also sponsoring House Resolution 274, which asserts the Illinois House of Representatives’ opposition to efforts to cut Meals on Wheels, the Congregate Meals Program, and community block grants that provide funding for senior meal programs. He is sponsoring and voted to pass House Bill 2462, which would forbid employers from ...

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Rep. DeLuca hailed by local government

Local governments across Illinois are thanking Rep. Anthony DeLuca for helping advance a plan aimed at keeping critical revenue and budget decisions local. The Illinois Coalition of Local Governments hailed DeLuca, chairman of the House Cities and Villages Committee, for organizing a joint legislative hearing with the House Revenue and Finance Committee on House Bill 2717. The bill calls for municipalities around Illinois to be able to work with outside professional consultants to review their tax collections and identify areas for improvement. The bill would end actions by the Illinois Department of Revenue to prevent such hirings. In other news, ...

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Justinians uphold legacy of giving

The Justinian Society of Lawyers held its 15th annual Children’s Endowment Fund dinner at Lux Bar in Chicago. More than 60 Justinians were in attendance as the 2017 CEF recipients, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Reflections Foundation, each received a sizeable grant check for $3,625. The mission of the CEF is to assist disabled or disadvantaged children in our community. Since establishing the CEF in 2002 during his term as president, Romanucci & Blandin principal and partner Antonio Romanucci and the Justinian members have raised crucial funds for a wide range of recipients, including Make-A-Wish Foundation, Bear Necessities, ...

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