The Society of Saint Joseph will kick off October as Italian Heritage Month with a mass celebrated by Cardinal Sean O’Malley on Sunday, September 30 at 12pm at St. Leonard of Port Maurice Church, 320 Hanover Street.

Attending the mass will be Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Speaker of the House Robert De Leo, and members of the Italian American Legislative Caucus. Several former Speakers of the House and members of the judiciary are also expected to be present, along with the officers and members of the Italian American Alliance and other Italian and Italian American organizations. Also expected to attend will be the new Consul General of Italy, the Honorable Federica Sereni, as well as key members of her staff.

Dignitaries of the various organizations and public officials will parade up and down Hanover Street following the mass to greet residents and visitors to the North End.

Throughout Italian Heritage Month, the lodges of the Sons and Daughter of Italy hold open houses and sponsor everything from masquerade balls to spaghetti dinners in a flurry of activities all over the state. The Federation of Italian Organizations also sponsors programs featuring Italian music and culture, which are open to the public. The Columbus Day parade in East Boston and the annual Columbus Day Program in Cambridge have all become a standard part of the holiday, observed throughout the entire month.

For more information contact Frank Mazzaglia at 774-293-5017.

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