February 6, 2013
St. Joseph Marello Parish will celebrate the Festa Italiana on Saturday and Sunday at Mt. Carmel Church Center, Pittston. A Mass in Italian will be celebrated at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The Mass will be preceded by an ensemble of musicians playing Italian music on traditional instruments beginning at 3:15 p.m. with the senior choir. After the Mass, a pasta dinner will be served until 9 p.m. in the parish hall. Dinner includes a variety of Italian specialties, such as tripe, polenta, porketta sandwiches, sausage and pepper sandwiches, pizza fritta and more. Cost for the dinner is $8 for adults; $3 for children; and free for First Holy Communion children and younger. The Festa Italiana will continue on Sunday after the 11:15 a.m. Mass. Prizes will be drawn at the conclusion of the festivities at 4 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door. A bake sale will also be held in conjunction with the festival after all Masses. Some of the volunteers, from left, first row, are Gela Lispi, the Rev. Joseph Sibilano, Charles Sciandra, Joe Petro, Josephine DiGennari and John Bingham. Second row: Jackie Lispi, Angela Kuczenski, Christine Silinskie, the Rev. Jackson Pinheiro, Rosalyn Fasciana and Frances Fasciana.