Festa Mass and Procession on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Please join us for our annual Festa Italiana Mass and Procession on Sunday, July 21 at 11:00 AM in the BMO Harris Pavilion.



*Admission into the BMO Harris Pavilion:

  • Admission into the BMO Harris Pavilion area is free on July 21 until noon, whether you attend the celebration of the Catholic Mass or not. Gates open at 10:15 AM and you can enter into the festival part of the grounds at the South Gate on Polk Street.
  • Hunger Task Force will be collecting non-perishable food items at Festa Italiana upon entrance to Mass at the South Gate on Polk Street. The Hunger Task force encourages donations of peaches and pears in 100% juice as part of the Fests Feed Milwaukee initiative.


We hope you can celebrate this Festa Italiana tradition with us!

Father Thomas Suriano to be Principal Celebrant of the Festa Mass

Fr. Thomas Suriano has accepted an invitation from the Festa Italiana Mass & Procession Committee to be the Principal Celebrant of the Festa Mass. He is currently the associate pastor at St. Catherine parish in Milwaukee.

Born and raised in Kenosha, WI, Fr. Suriano is the son of an immigrant father from the Calabria region of Italy. Fr, Suriano told The Italian Times that his father – while a young boy – came to the United States with his parents and two sisters. The family eventually settled in Kenosha, the primary hub in Wisconsin for Italian immigrants hailing from Calabria.

As one of those priests who has kept working long after his parish assignment days ended, Fr. Suriano keeps himself quite active, including helping out at parishes throughout the Milwaukee Archdiocese on weekends.

“We’re very excited to have Fr. Suriano as the Principal Celebrant of our 42nd Festa Mass,” said Sister Marie Louise Balistreri and Salvatore Lo Coco, managers of the Mass and Procession Committee. “He is an outstanding person. We are pleased that he accepted our invitation to join us to celebrate the essence of Festa Italiana, the Mass and procession. This year, we are also honored to welcome Fr. Bruno Sparacio, pastor from Madonna del Lume church in Porticello Sicily, as one of our concelebrants, accompanied by mayor of Porticello, Salvatore Sanfilippo.”

The Festa Mass is free and open to all persons interested in attending, begins at 11:00 AM in the BMO Harris Pavilion on the Summerfest Grounds.

Help Hunger Task Force

Hunger Task Force will once again be collecting non-perishable food items at Festa Italiana upon entrance to Mass outside of the BMO Harris Pavilion. Hunger Task Force is looking for canned peaches and pears in %100 juice as part of the “Fests Feed Milwaukee” initiative. 


Seeking Singers for Festa Choir 2019

We welcome and invite singers to join their voices to this year’s Festa Choir 2019 which will provide the music for the Mass on Sunday, July 21. The choir will be rehearsing at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 5400 W. Washington Blvd. Rehearsals will last two hours and music will be provided. Some hymns will be sung in Italian and Latin, but no previous knowledge of either language is necessary as language coaching is provided.


The mixed choir is open to all voice parts – soprano, alto, tenor and bass. No auditions are necessary. However, previous choral experience is recommended. Maestro Michael Kamenski requests that singers participate in at least four rehearsals including a mandatory dress rehearsal.


Dates of the rehearsals:

  • Thursday, July 11 at 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 13 at 11:00 AM
  • Monday, July 15 at 6:30 PM
  • Tuesday, July 16 at 6:30 PM
  • Dress rehearsal: Wednesday, July 17 at 6:30 PM


Additional instruments will augment the choir to add to the festivity! To register to sing with the Festa Choir please contact the director, Michael Kamenski by email at (please use “FESTA CHOIR” in the subject line) or by phone at 414-453-1928.

Seeking priests, deacons and brothers

Priests, deacons and brothers are cordially invited to participate in the annual Festa Italiana Mass. Priests are invited to concelebrate, deacons to vest. We are especially recognizing Senior priests of the Milwaukee Archdiocese for our appreciation for their service to God and our Community. Members of the clergy interested in participating should contact Therese Ciofani at 414-303-9772 or email Free parking and admission to the festival will be provided.

Mass interpreted for the deaf

We cordially invite members of the Deaf Community to attend our mass where a sign language interpreter will be provided. When attending, please let the usher know if you would like to sit near the front so that you can be seated near the interpreter.


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