This years marks the 57th Anniversary of the yearly festival known best as the Festa Madonna Di Montevergine, a feast that has grown with each passing year. This year will be no different with inquiries becoming more prevalent thanks to this site. As regulars to the feast know the actual day of the celebrations falls on the last Sunday in September and this year that’s on the 30th of September. In the lead up to this years festivities I thought I would do a series of post informing you of just some of the things that you can expect this year. But first a few words from Domenico Zollo, the President of the Montevergine committee.

Mary Full Of Grace

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Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI on one of his many sermons from the Vatican has said “Let us invoke with confidence the Virgin Mary, Full of Grace, the Queen of the Apostles and the Church, that every baptized person may become more like a living stone that helps build the Kingdom of God”.

My friends, I am sure that by gathering together at “the Piccola Assisi” on Sunday 30th September, we too can become “Living Stones”, thus showing our belief in God and building His Church through our intercession to His Blessed Mother. Let us all walk hand in hand and kneel at Her feet and ask Her to bestow Her Graces on all the world and bring peace and harmony to us all.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our many sponsors and everyone for the generous support and encouragement given to us when Our Madonna di Montevergine comes door knocking.

We apologize to everyone living in  the vicinity of St. Francis Assisi Church for any inconveniences we may cause through noise, traffic, fireworks etc. on the day of our FESTA.

May God and His Holy Mother Bless us all.

Evviva Maria

Domenico Zollo

For this post I think I’ll start with this years religious program. I think this to important because there is so much leading up to the actual feast day as there are many who make the pilgrimage to Adelaide to take part in the entire religious process leading up to the actual Festa itself.

Mary Full Of Grace – Religious Program

Theme for the week Monday 24th September to Saturday 29th September
Monday 7.30pm

Our devotion. Where are it’s roots? An evening of prayer and devotion.

Tuesday 7.30pm

The Madonna is the Mother of God. An evening of prayer for the families

Wednesday 7.30pm

Who is Maria? A woman beautiful and servile. An evening of prayer for children and young adults.

Celebrations in English & Italian. Distribution of Blessed Medals.

Thursday 1.30pm

Maria, a nimble woman.

Celebrations for our elderly and frail with anointing of the sick.

Friday 7.30pm

Without Maria, life is empty.

An evening of prayer for our deceased with procession of the HOLY CROSS.

Saturday 6.00pm

Our courageous Mother.

Vigil (pre-festive). Mass (Englis) 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Year “B”

The Icon of Our Lady will be brought to the Church of the Annunciation, Hectorville after mass on Saturday evening where she will repose until the start of the procession on the Sunday Morning.

Sunday – Feast Day

9.00 a.m. Recital of the Holy Rosary in the Church of the Annunciation, Hectorville, led by the prayer group, “Rosario Vivente”.

9.20 a.m. Procession from the Hectorville Church via Montecute Road, Newton Road and Graves Street. ALL RELIGIOUS ASSOCIATIONS ARE KINDLY INVITED TO PARTICIPATE WITH THEIR BANNERS.

10.20 a.m. Procession arrives at at Newton.

10.30 a.m. CON-CELEBRATED SOLEMN HOLY MASS by Padre Don Guiseppe De Candia accompanied by the choir San Francesco

12.00 Noon After Mass the Dame of Montevergine will prepare a lunch for everybody; (proceeds will be donated to charities) Food will be served all day.

1.00 a.m. Concert by the Giuseppe Verdi Band.

3.30 p.m. Armando Masone, Luigi Vella & Luigi Cirocco and popular local singers.

4.00 p.m. Holy Rosary and Benediction, followed by family Mass (in Church)

5.00 p.m. Monteverdi Singers

6.00 p.m. Elite Accordion Group

7.30 p.m. Joey Fimmano European Classics Musical extravaganza presented by Cav. John Di Fede and Vince Palumbo

10.00 p.m. Fireworks

10.15 p.m. CLOSE

If you have the time and want to take in the whole pilgrimage experience then you may well consider coming earlier so as to partake in all the religious ceremonies involved with the Festa Di Montevergine. September is usually a lovely time to visit South Australia and there’s a lot of things to see and do. The Scenic Adelaide blog is a great place to see just some of what Adelaide has to offer.

This post brought to you by Blackwell Funerals a very proud sponsor of the Festa Di Montevergine.

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