The annual Festa Italiana mass and procession will be held Sunday, July 23 in the Marcus Amphitheater at 11 a.m. The Mass will be followed by a procession of societies and patron saints, concluded with a benediction on the festival grounds. This year marks 50 years of the destruction of Our Lady of Pompeii Church in the Old Third Ward.
*Admission into the Marcus Amphitheater:
Admission into the Amphitheater area is free on July 23, 2017 until 1:00 p.m., whether you attend the celebration of the Catholic Mass or not. When the grounds open after mass concludes, you may enter the festival for free from the Amphitheater area. Please enter at the South Gate or Gate 11.
We hope you can celebrate this Festa Italiana tradition with us!
Hunger Task Force will once again be collecting non-perishable food items at Festa Italiana upon entrance to Mass outside of the Marcus Amphitheater.
Last year, all participating Milwaukee ethnic festivals collected 158,673 pounds of food. In 2017, all of the ethnic festivals have committed to collecting donations under “The Fests Feed Milwaukee” initiative, with a goal of 160,000 pounds of food collected by the end of summer. We are asking attendees to bring three (3) non-perishable food items to Festa Italiana to help us reach our collection goal. We appreciate your support! Grazie mille!
We welcome and invite singers to join their voices in this year’s Festa Choir 2016! The choir will be rehearsing at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 5400 W. Washington Blvd., Milwaukee. 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 o pen 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. Rehearsal dates are as follows: Thursday, July 14, 7 pm; Saturday, July 16, 8:30 am; Monday, July 18, 7 pm, Tuesday, July 19, 7 pm; and a dress rehearsal Wednesday, July 20, 7 pm. The Mass, which is the heart of Festa Italiana, will be held on July 24 at 11:00 am in the Marcus Amphitheater. We welcome back members of the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra and are happy to add members of the Milwaukee Children’s Choir to the Mass!
To register to sing with the Festa Choir please contact the director, Michael Kamenski by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please note FESTA CHOIR in the subject line) or by phone at 414-453-1928.
Priests, deacons and brothers are cordially invited to participate in the annual Festa Italiana Mass. Priests are invited to concelebrate, deacons to vest. Members of the clergy interested in participating should contact Therese Ciofani at 414-303-9772 or email email@example.com. Free parking and admission to the festival will be provided.
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.