Holy Redeemer celebrates 89th Feast of St. Anthony June 8th & 9th
Since Holy Redeemer Church’s founding in June 1924, the honoring of St. Anthony has played an integral part in the life of the parish. The annual Tredicina, or 13 days of prayer begins Saturday, June 1st and concludes Thursday, June 13th coinciding with the day of St. Anthony's death in Padua Italy in 1231.
For each Mass the church will host a different visiting clergy member who will expound on St. Anthony and the virtues and relevance of his message today. Patron Saint of the poor and oppressed, St. Anthony is also well-known as that of lost articles. Father Marty Polito, a Euclid native and Pastor of Holy Redeemer since 1996, adds that it is not just for lost things but for people who may have lost either faith, hope, and/or love. That this is an occasion for prayer for things needed to be found in one’s life and a time of self-renewal.
The Feast celebration itself will start Saturday June 8th at 5:00pm and is held in the school gymnasium and outside in the courtyard between the church till 10:00 pm. There will be concession stands featuring Italian food favorites, with musical entertainment along with games of chance and various raffles for dozens of different donated gift baskets, a Summer in the City package including Cedar Point and Cleveland Indian tickets, and for cash payouts totaling $5000.
Sunday the celebration continues following Mass celebrated by Bishop Edward Pevec with a procession of the statue of St. Anthony through the streets of the neighborhood. The procession will include the Italian Band of Cleveland and Lolly the Trolly to shuttle those who may have trouble walking the full route. Afterward the Festival will reopen at 1:00 pm and continue until 8:00 pm. Hope to see you there.
Holy Redeemer Church is at 15712 Kipling Avenue, (216) 531-3313, www.holyredeemer-cleveland.4lpi.com.
Will McCulloch is an amateur local historian and Collinwood resident.
Amateur local historian