Friday, September 21, 2012
New Haven's St. Michael's told hold special Mass and ceremony to honor 'protectors'
NEW HAVEN - There will be a special ceremonial Mass and musical program to celebrate the 123rd Anniversary of the Church of St. Michael, and its parishioners, past and present, at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 30.
St.Michael's Roman Catholic Church is 123 years old and was the first Italian church in Connecticut, the statement said.
The church "is filled with many beautiful religious works of art. Many of these beautiful statues were brought over from Italy and dedicated to the Church more than 100 years ago by the ancestors of the parishioners who pray to them today," the statement said.
"The Church of St. Michael is a strong community of over 500 families and it is the host for Italian religious societies of St. Ann Society, St. Andrew the Apostle Society, St. Andrew’s Ladies Society; St. Maria Maddalena Society, San Trofimena Society, San Catello Society and the Santa Maria Della Vergini Society," the statement said.
"In honor of St. Michael, who is the patron saint of all warriors and protectors, the Church of St. Michael will be paying special thank you and recognition to these two distinguished individuals for their bravery and commitment to protecting the community," the statement said.
Honorees this year will be New Haven police Sgt. Rose Turney and retired New Haven Firefighter Andrew Bonito, the statement said. A dinner will be held at Anthony ‘s Oceanview in New Haven.
Cocktail hour will begin at noon and dinner at 1 p.m. including open bar. Tickets are $50 per person. The event is open to the public. Reservation are required.
To purchase tickets for the dinner contact the chairmen Ron Abbott 203-468-0778 and Guiliana Gioiosa 203-772-4729.
Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.
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