This years feast to the Madonna Di Montevergine is a special one as we celebrate our 60th anniversary of dedication to the Madonna in Adelaide. Our President, Domenico Zollo has the following message for us.

Beginning on November the 29th 2014 first Sunday of Advent our Holy Father, Pope Francis announced that the year 2015 would be dedicated to “Consecrated Life”. It will be a year of grace, viewed with joy by the whole catholic community and conclude on February 2nd 2016 the feast of Presentation of the Lord. We too are asked to ‘Wake up the world” by living the Gospel with our life. Pope Francis asks that we live a good life that generates true joe, a contagious joy.

My friends, let us come together at “The Piccola Assisi” on the 27th Sunday September where we too can “wake up the world” with our “yes” to true joy, a contagious joy while we celebrate the 60th anniversary of devotion to the Madonna Di Montervergine and give voice to our Blessed Pope’s exhortations.

Again we would like to take this opportunity to thank our many sponsors and everyone for their generous support and encouragement given to us over the last 60 years when our Madonna di Montevergine has come door knocking. You have been exemplary in your generosity.

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

May God and His Holy Mother Bless us all.

As usual the procession will begin at 9.20 am from the Hectorville Church via Montacute Rd., Newton Rd. and Graves Street. Once the procession of devotion arrives at Newton, Mass will be celebrated by His Excellency the Abbott of Montevergine Most Reverend Riccardo Luca Guariglia. Yes, the Abbott is from Montevergine Italy and everyone is most excited that he is able to conduct the mass.

Entertainment At The Festa Madonna Di Montevergine

As always there will be a lot of entertainment at the feast. Whereas the last couple of years we thrilled the kids with Peppa Pig, this year we’re going all out by inviting Kevin the Minion and Elsa from Frozen. Pretty cool huh? I’m sure the kids are going to be thrilled with that. There’s also going to be face painting and a balloon artist! You can keep up with further updates by liking Montevergine FaceBook page.

Montevergine Feast Adelaide

Don’t worry, we’ve also got great entertainment for the adults. Because it’s the Montevergine’s 60th Anniversary we’ve brought over some artists from Italy. Flavio Fierro will be presenting ‘Le Nostre Canzoni!’ I Zanzarini da Molise will also be making an appearance as well as local favourites like Ital Canti, Armando Masone and others.

You will also be able to give your taste buds a treat as there will be pasta, pizza, zeppole,continental cakes and more tantalising morsels to delight your palate.

But what is even more important is the Festa Di Montevergine is a great place to come together with friends and family, to enjoy the camaraderie that’s possible on occasions such as this. So why not get together and meet on this very special day. See you there.

 

Every year during the Festa of the Madonna di Montevergine, especially if you take part in the procession from the Hectorville Church and are present at the mass, you will surely see the Dames of the Madonna di Montevergine. They stand out as they walk in theor long flowing golden robes whilst wearing a stark red sash with golden embroidery. The photo below depicts several Dames, from left they are, Tina Mignone, Maria Rosario de-Angelo, Rosalba Scutella, Maria Mignone and Elena Russo.

dames di Madonna di Montevergine

Rosalba is continuing in the Dame tradition by following in her mother’s footsteps. A tradition that the Dames have kept alive since 1955, making the hour long journey from the Hectorville Church to the St Francis Assisi Church in Newton, the whole time paying homage to our most gracious lady, the Madonna.

The Dames continue a tradition that originated from the Avelino province of Campania Italy and they are very proud to be a part of the festa and its cultural and religious significance.

As I am writing this post the Festa is less than a month away but the tireless planning of this and every festival begins with the end of the last one. It’s amazing how much time and effort goes into this week long feast. It seems to grow with each year, the last one attracting about 10,000 vistors, including 20 bus-loads of pilgrims from Western Australia, Victoria, Queensland and Canberra.

There are over 85 volunteers that take part in the year long preparation and you may actually bump into one as they come door knocking in the Campbelltown Council and surrounding areas. If you do, please give a donation to support this and following festivals.

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