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Salisbury festival celebrates St Joseph


More than 3000 people attended the La Festa di San Giuseppe (St Joseph’s Italian Festival) at the St Joseph Italian Community Centre on March 19.

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Organisers said it was the most successful event in 51 years with Vicar General Fr Dean Marin celebrating an “absolutely beautiful Mass” and delivering a “very touching and meaningful homily”.

The event began with a procession in the streets surrounding the community centre behind a statue of St Joseph designed and donated to the Salisbury Catholic parish by southern Italian migrants from the province of Reggio Calabria in 1972.

Following the religious celebration, the event showcased a variety of local and interstate artists, an assortment of traditional Italian foods and activities for all ages.

St Joseph is the patron saint and protector of the universal Church as well as patron saint of workers, unborn children, fathers, travellers, immigrants and a peaceful death for those in palliative care.

Festa association president Rocco Carpentieri said the local community had shown great devotion to St Joseph over the past 51 years, enabling the festival to grow from humble beginnings to a prominent event on the multicultural calendar.


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