JERSEY CITY — Like all feasts, food and entertainment are always the two main centers of attraction at La Festa Italiana in Jersey City. Each night, the feast, which begins on Aug. 14 and continues through Aug. 18, will feature such popular delights as rice balls, zeppoles, homemade desserts from Caffe Plus, and fresh mozzarella.
In addition to the food, each night of the feast will feature a headlining musical act.
Everybody’s Everything kicks off the feast on Wednesday, Aug. 14. The Toga Party Band will perform on Thursday. Aug. 15. Total Soul will perform a set filled with R&B, Motown hits, and big band jazz standards on Friday, Aug. 16.
The Jersey Sound will take center stage on Saturday, Aug. 17 and the Cameos will finish off Sunday, Aug. 18 with their repertoire of golden hits from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.
Reunion and prayer
On Sat, Aug. 17, parishioners who attended Ferris High School are welcome back to the neighborhood to reconnect with old friends at the 4th annual All-Year Reunion Night held at the Holy Rosary Parish Center. Pictures taken of the parish and the old neighborhood will also be on sale at the Vintage Photo Gallery, a terrific keepsake for feast-goers.
La Festa Italiana will also hold special masses to venerate the feast days of Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Rocco. Feast-goers can express their spirituality and devotion by attending a Mass, purchasing a Memorial Candle for a loved one or sending prayers skyward with Memorial Balloons.
A Novena featuring nine guest celebrants will take place Aug. 6-14. The Feast of the Assumption Mass will take place on Thurs, Aug. 15 at 11 am. The Mass will be celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop of Newark Thomas A. Donato, a son of Holy Rosary Church. A Triduum will be held three days prior to St. Rocco Feast Day, Aug. 13, 14 and 15. A Feast Day Mass will be held for St. Rocco on Fri, Aug. 16 at 11 am, celebrated by Rev. Jurek Zaslona, Pastor of Holy Rosary Church.
Following the 11 am Mass on Thurs, Aug. 15, the Holy Day of Obligation, the Most Rev. Thomas A. Donato, Auxiliary Bishop of Newark will bless Memorial Balloons donated by parishioners in memory of a loved one’s passing and in honor of someone important in their lives. More than 300 people annually participate in the Memorial Balloons launch which takes place at the foot of the steps of the church where Fr. Donato will give the blessing. After the balloons are released into the sky, a street procession carrying the statue of Our Lady of the Assumption will walk through the neighborhood.
For more information regarding the novena or the 2013 Festa Italiana, visit http://lafestaitalianajc.com or call (201) 795-0120. Holy Rosary Church is located at 344 Sixth St.
For more on the fest, see the story that appeared in this weekend’s ; paper, here.