The Società San Francesco di Paola together with the Calabresi In America Organization are again honoring the patron saint of Calabria, San Francesco di Paola, by inviting the entire Italian American Community to our 33rd “Festa Della Famiglia” at Casa Italia on August 7 through the 10th, 2014.
The weekend long festivities begin with a Triduo in honor of our saint on Thursday and Friday evenings at 7:30 pm in the Chapel of Casa Italia. On Saturday the 9th, the feast opens at 6:00 pm with an on stage concert by the Banda Siciliana. At 8pm we have our now traditional candle light procession and prayer at the Calvary Hill. The popular Italian Singer Francesco Marino performs at 9:30pm until closing.
On Sunday, August 10, the feast opens at 9:30 am and festivities begin at 10:45 am with a procession with the statue of San Francesco escorted by the Knights of Columbus, the Sicilian Band and numerous other Italian American Organizations. The Casa Italia Pavilion fills up to capacity for the solemn High Mass that follows the procession around 11:45 am.
After Mass and in true Calabrese and Italian tradition, thousands of festa patrons proudly share their home made food and beverages with each other, especially their hot soppressata, prosciutto and capicollo.
The afternoon picnic is a great time to visit with friends and for our children to make new friends and have fun together. Speaking of fun, train rides, pony rides, fun house, and other games will be available for kids and young families to enjoy throughout Sunday afternoon.
Entertainment for grown ups starts around 3:30 pm with on-stage concert by the Sicilian Band, followed by live performances by the popular children’s group 4 Strings Attached, directed by violinist Martin Lopez, and by the very popular Italian tenor Pasquale Esposito and his band. Plenty for everyone, come early and stay late to enjoy it all, even the fireworks.
Thanks to the commitment of both the Società San Francesco di Paola and the Calabresi In America and the tremendous support of the loyal sponsors, some of which have been supporters for over 30 years, the “Festa Della Famiglia” in honor of San Francesco di Paola 2014 promises to be another great success for the Italian American community of Chicago to enjoy.
We thank you for your support.
For more information, visit www.calabresiinamerica.org.