The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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July 15, 2013

CENTURY PLUS OF FAITH

Mt. Carmel parishoners celebrate 116th festival

ASHTABULA — One hundred sixteen years of faith and tradition were celebrated Sunday as parishioners of Our Lady of Peace parish carried the statue of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel through the streets during the church’s annual procession.

The procession is part of the church’s celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Parishioners gathered Sunday at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church for the annual festival Mass before processing down Columbus Avenue to the Sons of Italy and back.

The Rev. Raymond Thomas greeted parishioners Sunday with “Buona Festa,” the traditional Italian greeting during festival weekend.

The event marks 116 years of faith by one of Ashtabula’s oldest congregations. In prior years, the procession was led from the Mt. Carmel Church parking lot to the site of the original church, which was located at E. 16th St. and Columbus Avenue. The original church was built in 1902 and torn down in 1975.

The procession now is led to the Sons of Italy, where the group pauses for prayer before returning to the church. Following the procession, parishioners and guests gather for the traditional feast.

The festival opened Friday with games, food and rides and concluded Sunday night with a fireworks display.

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