San Rocco Oratory

of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Father John McDonnell, Bishop Perry, & Cardinal George
A replica of the Trevi Fountain, in Rome, is a focus of the San Rocco Festa. "Three coins in the Fountain," as you remember. Above, two of the festa participants wear miters.

Kids at Trevi Fountain
Kids find the Trevi Fountain fascinating.

Festa 2004 tent
For the festa, a large tent is set up, right next to the new hall.

Frank Rossi's band
Frank Rossi's band

Tent tables at festa
The tent tables were filled; in fact, additional tables had to be set up outside the tent.

Under the tent
It's like a restaurant: if you see a lot of people there, there must be something good going on.

Virginio Piucci, Mary Lou Tomasewski, and Mrs. Piucci
Virginio Piucci, Mary Lou Tomasewski, and Mrs. Betty Piucci. Dr. Piucci was vice-president of Governor's State University. Mary Lou's husband was the superintendent of the Ford Plant in Chicago Heights.

Calari, prepared by Angelo Ciambrone and Al Marcello
Calamri, fresh, hot, and delicious, prepared by Angelo Ciambrone and Al Marcello.

Bingo! Bingo!
Bingo! Bingo! (On the right is Rosa Garcia.)

More Bingo!
More Bingo!

Susan Baggio, Caesarina Planera, and David Peterson
Susan Baggio, Cesarina Planera, and David Peterson, all cousins.

At the 2001 San Rocco Festa and in the following years, a fiberglass duplicate of the Trevi fountain in Rome was made available by John Bucci.  In this annual festival, lasting perhaps three days, there is usually a carnival, plenty of food, concerts, singing, bingo, and even a little religion.  We have Vespers or Mass in honor of St. Rocco.  On Sunday morning, Mass would be celebrated; on other days or on Sunday evening, Vespers. 

Noonan Academy
Children participate, from the Noonan Academy in Mokena. They are directed by Mary Kay Pignotti.

More of Noonan Academy
Noonan Academy is a grade school, in the Catholic tradition, located in the Joliet Diocese.

Frank Rossi at the keyboard
Frank Rossi at the keyboard.

Joe DiMaggio with Marie
Joe DiMaggio and Marie

Amanda and Dennis Nardoni
Amanda and Dennis Nardoni

There's food outside and, above, inside
There's plenty to eat, both outside and inside.

Joe Carbonara
Marge, Jenny, Jackie, and Joseph Petrelli
From the left are Marge, Jenny, Jackie, and Joe Petrelli.

St Rocco Oratory

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