I just got back from vacation in Florida. I meant to bring my GMG logo sticker with me to take a photo “representing”, but sure enough, I couldn’t find it when I packed my bags… so I got this photo at Universal Studios, Orlando, with the logo on my cell phone screen instead.
Click on the picture for Joey’s slide show which brings us through the first 5 houses on Sefatia’s list of 11 Gloucester St Joseph Novenas. I wish I could have gone to all 11 houses but I wanted the girls to have a good memory of it and as the night wore on I didn’t want to push them too far past their normal 6:30PM bedtime. Look for Manny’s slide show which will have many more of the houses and a ton of pictures of the people who attended the novenas.
I’d like to extend a special thanks to the Fontana, Scola, Russo,Ferrante and Orlando families for opening their houses and continuing this beautiful tradition. I’d also like to thank Sefatia for being a fantastic guide and teacher along the route. She reminded me of many things I’d long forgotten about the traditions and taught me a whole lot more.
Click the picture for my slide show and don’t forget to look for Manny’s slide show which will have many of the faces from the crowd. Also I will post a video each day over the next 5 days from each of the 5 novenas in the order in which we visited them on Sefatia’s list.
We would like to extend a thank you to the Fishermen’s Memorial Service Committee members and all who attended for such a beautiful event at the Stacey Boulevard on Saturday, August 28th. Our family is grateful for the opportunity to convey with the community our history and sorrow for the loss of the ill fated Inca fishing vessel in 1944. Through sharing our story we found how our personal thread is so tightly woven into a preverbal quilt fabricated to comfort and protect the traditions so lovingly cherished by families of this city of fishermen.
The Orlando and Asaro Families