Feast of St. Calogero

Pforzheim  – For 55 years the Italian migrants have celebrated their patron, St. Calogero, who is venerated in Sicily with impressive processions and celebrations typical of that culture. The Guanellians missionaries assisted at the celebration June 20th in Barfüßerkirche. Fr. Wieslaw Baniak celebrated Holy Mass. In his homily Fr. Rocky sought to reawaken the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. A short procession through town followed Mass. The men carried St. Calogero and shouted, “È viva Dio e San Calo!”
The people on the one hand are joyful, cheerful and very devoted to St. Calogero, on the other hand they are plagued by the various ills, demons and superstitions. Some suffer various forms of hatred, division, defamation, revenge, jealousy, and desire to impose their ideas at any cost. In spite of these evils Christian hope is never extinguished. If these people imitated the virtues of St. Calogero, fasting, prayer and reading Scripture, I think many evils would disappear and even an army of people (magicians, fortune tellers, and the like) would end up jobless as they give stronger witness to the Christian faith with their lives.
A collection was taken up to help a needy family in Bretten. A meal and time of song and dance was shared. Thank you to the Committee for organizing the event. May you all participate in the Holy Mass more frequently. “È viva Dio e San Calo!”

Calogero procession 2 Calogero procession 1

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