With no large public gatherings in the City of Boston being permitted this summer, city officials have consulted with the North End feast societies to cancel scheduled 2020 feasts and processions through Labor Day.
St. Anthony’s Society, Madonna Del Soccorso Society (Fisherman’s Feast) and St. Agrippina Society, have issued cancellations today regarding their feasts scheduled for July and August. San Gennaro’s Feast, originally scheduled for September was previously called off by organizers. St. Leonard Church has also canceled the traditional June feast day for St. Anthony of Padua.
The cancelation of the festivals is an unprecedented event, as many have of the feast celebrations have continued for over 100 years through wars and depressions. St. Anthony’s Feast celebrated its Centennial last year with Fisherman’s and St. Agrippina now well past the 100-year mark. This year was to be the centennial feast for the Madonna Della Cava Society. Some members are discussing virtual events or video-streaming small tributes during the summer weekends. Stay tuned.
It is with great sadness that we announce that we are cancelling the 2020 Saint Anthony and Saint Lucy Feast. We come to this decision after much consideration and in consultation with the City of Boston.
For over 100 years, Saint Anthony’s Feast has celebrated faith, family, community and tradition in the North End of Boston. During this current crisis, these values have special meaning that will guide us. Visit our social media pages for further announcements and virtual feast events in August.
The Saint Anthony & Saint Lucy family wish everyone good health during this time of uncertainty. We join with all of you in praying for those around the world affected by this public health crisis. In the meantime, we will begin planning next year’s celebration and commemorate the Centennial of Saint Lucy’s Feast on August 26-29, 2021.
Please continue to follow public health guidelines, be safe and be healthy. God Bless.
Via Sant’ Antonio e’ Santa Lucia.
The Members of St. Anthony’s Society
Dear Family and Friends of the Madonna Del Soccorso Society,
It is with a heavy heart that we send out this letter today. For 110 Years the Fisherman’s feast of Boston has celebrated the feast of our beloved Madonna del Soccorso, from our blessing of the fleet and family night on Thursday, to our grand procession and flight of the Angel on Sunday.
Unfortunately due to the current pandemic and restrictions put in place by the city of Boston, we have been forced to cancel this year’s feast.
I know it will be difficult to imagine a summer in the North End without our festivals and traditions, but now is a time that we must look to the Madonna and all the patron Saints to help us all get through these troubled times. It is with our devotion, prayers and beliefs that we will all make it through this together and stronger.
We can say that at some point there will be a planned celebration for the Madonna. We will definitely keep you all informed as soon as plans are made.
We hope that you all are safe and healthy and we want to extend our well wishes to everyone. If you are in need or having troubles, the Madonna del Soccorso Society is here to help you. Please reach out if you need us in any way. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Madonna Del Soccorso Society
Viva La Madonna
Dear Devoted Members and Friends of the Society of the Madonna Della Cava,
We are hoping this finds you safe and in good health. Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the City of Boston’s postponement of public events through September 1st 2020 the Feast of Madonna Della Cava has been cancelled. The 2020 celebration of the Madonna Della Cava would have been our 100th annual celebration and we are extremely saddened to have to postpone but we understand the health of our members, the City, and the State is the number one priority to get through this time.
We will plan to commemorate our momentous occasion in some way this August. Even if we cannot all be together physically the way we had hoped, we will keep our members and friends updated on those efforts moving forward.
Now more than ever it is important to pray to our blessed Madonna for guidance during this trying time. The Feast of the Madonna Della Cava is more than just a street festival to all of us, we pray and look to our blessed mother for guidance during our personal struggles and know that she is with us now more than ever.
The North End will be a lot quieter this summer and it truly pains us to even imagine a summer without the Feasts, but we will be back on the second weekend in August 2021 and we will be sure to make up for this lost time.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our first responders and healthcare workers, please know that the Madonna loves YOU, free and clear.
The Madonna Della Cava Society
Friends of the San Rocco Society,
Sadly I must inform you that our Feast will not be held this year. This decision was made by the Officers in conjunction with our liaison to Mayor Marty Walsh.
Please everyone be safe, take every necessary precaution, wear a mask when you leave your home, and ask San Rocco to look out for us.
San Rocco Society
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Summer 2020 North End Feast & Procession Schedule
June 7, 2020 – Santa Maria Di Anzano Procession
June 2020 – Saint Anthony of Padua Procession June 28, 2020 – Saint Padre Pio Procession July 12, 2020 – Madonna delle Grazie Procession July 19, 2020 – San Rocco Procession July 26, 2020 – St. Joseph Procession August 7, 8 & 9, 2020 – Madonna Della Cava Feast
August 27, 2020 – St. Lucy’s Feast
The City order is through Labor Day, event dates after that are to be determined.
September 13, 2020 – Santa Rosalia di Palermo (to be determined)
September 11, 12 and 13, 2020 – SS Cosmas and Damian (Tentative)