The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is filled with wonderful traditions dating back more than a century — like the lifting of the Giglio — but one of the eye-catching things to see this year is brand new.
On a day when the weather was breathtakingly beautiful, the most stunning sight people saw when they looked up toward the blue sky wasn’t the sun or the clouds, but the Giglio.
It is a bandage stained with blood from St. Padre Pio’s stigmata will appear Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel-Annunciation Parish in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The relic will be available for people to view before and after 11 a.m. Mass.
Father Vincent Chirichella has many friends who are priests that he considers part of his family. But he’s just as close to priests who really are his family. “We have a lot of vocations,” said Father Chirichella, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church, Astoria. “I’m one of four priests. There’s also my brother Michael, who answered God’s call to become a deacon. And we have a seminarian.”
Tillie Tarantino Way, the street named after her mother in 2017, is the most visible example of Angela Aragona’s family ties to Williamsburg, which date back more than 100 years.
Parishioners of the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel proudly celebrated the feast day of Our Lady by taking part in a procession with her statue through the streets of Williamsburg.
The first Sunday when churches were finally able to hold Mass proved to be a challenge at many parishes in the Diocese of Brooklyn.