The “Original” Feast of St. Anthony This Weekend at St. Margaret Shrine

Thousands of people are expected to turn out for the “Original” Feast of St. Anthony  this weekend to enjoy a festival of  of faith, fun, good food, live music and rides at St. Margaret Shrine, 2523 Park Avenue in Bridgeport.

The feast includes the largest variety of Italian food specialties, Italian-American music, entertainment, raffles, rides and games. It also offers boasts its famous Pizza Fritta and many other tasty Italian dishes. On Sunday, June 9th, the day begins with the Special Outdoor Mass at 10 am, followed by a procession in honor of St. Anthony.

IMG_4609_ferris“The Feast is an opportunity to celebrate and to support our beautiful Diocesan Shrine,” said Deacon Don Foust, Administrator of the Shrine. “We’re hoping people will join us for delicious Italian food, family friendly fun, and our traditional faith-filled outdoor Procession and Mass on Sunday.”

Foust aid that many people may not realize that St. Margaret’s has been renovated and revived over the past few  years. It has added new outdoor shrines over the past few years. have Shrines from all over the world. Please join us for delicious Italian food and family friendly fun.

Things kick off today (Friday, June 7th) at 6 pm. Popular WICC morning talk host Tony Reno and his band will perform live from 7 pm to 10 pm. Festivities run from 2 pm to 11 pm on Saturday and will feature a Riccardo throughout the day and a 7 pm performance by I’Luguri with Roberto. Sunday begins at 10 am with the Outdoor Mass and St. Anthony Procession. I’Luguri with Angela Bruno will perform on Sunday evening beginning at 6 pm.

St. Margaret Shrine is a diocesan shrine located in the North End of Bridgeport. It is open to all who wish to visit, pray and enjoy the beautiful outdoor shrines as well as the daily celebration of Mass in the chapel. Father Giandomenico Flora is serving as Rector.

The outdoor shrines, open throughout the year, grottoes and shrines dedicated to St. Padre Pio, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Guadelupe, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Lavanga, Our Lady of Charity, St. Margaret, St. Sebastian, Mother Cabrini, Christ the King, Calvary, Stations of the Cross and the Pieta.

The grounds include a St. Anthony Chapel, an All Saints Chapel, and a Veterans Memorial.

Admission is 99 cents, children under 12, FREE. For more information on the Feast of St. Anthony and St. Margaret Shrine, phone 203.333.9627.

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