WESTERLY — Many local families with Italian-American roots are gearing up for this weekend's events held in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The celebrations begin with triduum Masses on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, July 10, 11 and 12, at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the 7 a.m. Mass will be said for deceased members of the committee with present-day members attending.
The Wednesday, July 10, Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Joseph Pescatello; the Thursday 7 p.m. "Healing Mass" will be celebrated by Msgr. Carlo Montecalvo; the Friday Mass will be celebrated in both English and Italian by the Rev. Don Roberto Franco Coppa. The Sunday 11 a.m. Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Francis Santilli.
Following the Sunday 11 a.m. Mass, the statue and marchers will gather on the church grounds and proceed through the streets of Westerly's North End.
Afterward, back at the church, there will be a Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament, a Roman Catholic tradition. Families will gather on lawns and in back yards for picnics in the afternoon, and the festivities conclude Sunday night at Cimalore Field with a band concert by the Westerly Band and a fireworks display.
The Our Lady of Mount Carmel Italian Festival, on the church grounds, is also scheduled for Saturday, July 13, from noon to 10 p.m. A family festival , the event will feature favorite Italian food specialties, live and recorded music, games for children and basket raffles.
— Nancy Burns-Fusaro