The beautiful annual nine-day Novena to Saint Peter begins on Monday, June 17th and runs through Tuesday June 25th, beginning nightly at 7pm. All are welcome to come and join in this annual tradition of offering prayers, petitions, and songs for the intercession of Saint Peter, patron saint of fishermen. The Novena is held at the American Legion Hall at 8 Washington Street. For more information please contact Joe Novello at 978-283-4367.

Novena Ladies, left to right: Nancy Millefoglie, Joanne Aiello, Faye Quinlan, Grace Cusumano, Jean Linquata, Caryn Ryder, Anne Sanfillippo, and Nina Groppo


Agnes Burnham, Sara Favazza, and Bea Ciaramitaro

Tomorrow is the last night of prayers to Saint Peter. The novena begins at an earlier time, 6:30, to allow for the mass that follows. Come one, come all!

Crazy Hat Lady Sisters Robyn and Amy 

Wonderful to see the younger generation participating!


Maria Cracchiolo outdid herself in providing not one, but two, fabulous cakes for the ninth night of the Saint Peter’s Fiesta novena. The smiles of anticipation and delicious enjoyment on everyone’s faces said it all!


In honor of the 90th anniversary of Gloucester’s Saint Peter’s Fiesta, Fay and Ralph Puopolo donated an exquisite emerald and diamond necklace. Each night at the novena, the women attending entered a ticket for a chance to win the necklace.

Novena super helpers Al Millefoglie and Michael Linquata announcing the lucky winner.

Vincie and Florence

Rosalie Orlando, Vincie Scola (wearing the necklace), and Florence Martin


Photos from Tuesday evening’s Novena and procession. Truly a beautiful and blessed tradition.Saint Peter Novena 2016 -6 copyright Kim Smith 2016

Saint Peter Novena Novena Girls copyright Kim Smith 2016Novena Ladies ~ Thank you Grace and Jeanne Marie for your kind assistance and for allowing filming. 

Buona Festa!

Saint Peter Novena Jeanne Marie Dante copyright Kim Smith 2016

Jeanne Marie and Dante

Saint Peter Novena -2 copyright Kim Smith 2016Vanessa, Marissa, and Gianna

Saint Peter Novena Sara Favazza copyright Kim Smith 2016Sara Favazza proudly stands by the statue of Saint Peter. She is the youngest of Captain Salvatore Favazza’s ten children. In 1926-1927, Captain Favazza commissioned Charlestown sculptor De Petero to create the statue of Saint Peter.

Saint Peter Novena Giovanna copyright Kim Smith 2016Giovanna and Mayor Romeo Theken copyright Kim Smith 2016
Giovanna and Mayor Romeo Theken

Saint Peter Novena Sara Favazza and friends copyright Kim Smith 2016

2 Saint Peter Novena Ella copyright Kim Smith 2016

Fr. Jim Blessing The Altar & Ingredients for The 2015 St. Joseph Feast



Photos by Bridget Mathews


Early this morning daughter Amanda and I were reminiscing about this years Novean while looking through dozens of photos downloaded onto my computer. It’s with mixed emotions I write todays post. Feeling incredible blessed to be surrounded this year by so many who share a devotion to St. Joseph. As a group through the power of prayer we have come together to continue the deep rooted Sicilian tradition for future generations. It’s been wonderful to see the young kids join us in prayer and song each night. It truly warmes my heart to see them inthustically following  their prayer books eager to learn the  Sicilian words! It’s been a wonderful 2 weeks of prayer and preparation for our celebatory feast on Thursday March 19th. It’s hard to believe that tonight is our last “Novena” of the 2015 celebration. I have to thank my faithful Novena ladies for everything they did to make this years so special…the memories we made, the laughs we had, the tears we shed, and the jokes we told, and the  stories shared will be remember for a lifetime. As Andrea reminds us each night “we got at least 30 more years of this together ladies!” Please know from the bottom of my heart ,I thank each and everyone of you for being by my side night after night and I very much look forward to the next 30 years together.  Tonight we pray one last time together, and tomorrow we celebrate our Patron Saint Joseph!


Viva Gesu Maria Giuseppe….Viva!



 Father Jim Blessing the Altar and ingredients for tomorrows feast Of St. Joseph


Click Read More For Bridget Mathews photo gallery of last nights blessing prayers service.





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Sista Felicia Will Be Live Streaming Tonight’s St Peter’s Novena NOW! Tuesday Night 6/24/14

Click Here To View The Live St Peter’s Novena Video Feed RIGHT NOW!!!

Click the picture then you will be brought to UStream where they ask you to watch a short 30 second ad and then the live feed will play for you!

thanks To James From Cape Ann Giclee For The Help Getting The Feed Streaming

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2012 Saint Peter’s Fiesta Coverage From Our Peeps To Date

Of course we aren’t done but here is the updated list in case you missed anything.

Stew McGillivray Winner 2012 Sunday Greasy Pole Photo From Bill Kirk

So Proud Of Our Team Once Again GMG Absolutely Shines In Our Saint Peter’s Fiesta Coverage

Video- 2012 Saint Peter’s Fiesta Opening Ceremony

Lego Greasy Pole Submitted By Heidi Wakeman

2012 Sunday Greasy Pole Champ- Stewie Wins Again!

Saint Peter’s Fiesta Procession Video 07/01/2012

Blessing of the Fleet 2012

Why Ambie is the Sausage King

A look back to 2011

Saint Peter’s Procession 2012

2012 Saint Peter’s Fiesta Children’s Games Photos From Alice Gardner

Sunday 2012 Saint Peter’s Fiesta Complete Coverage, Greasy Pole, Videos, Pictures, Webcam More

Video Saturday 2012 Greasy Pole Champion – Nick Avelis Video from Craig Kimberley
Greasy Pole and Seine Boat Races Webcam Live Now!
When We Were Kings…
Friday Greasy Pole & Seine Boats!
The best Fiesta T-shirts (especially for geeks)
Video 2012 Friday Greasy Pole From Kim Smith
2012 Saint Peter’s Fiesta Coverage, Saint Peter’s Fiesta Schedule of Events, Webcam and Fiesta Community Photos
Friday Night Saint Peter’s Fiesta 2012 Photos From Alice Gardner
Video 2012 Saint Peter’s Fiesta Friday Greasy Pole Winning Walk Ross Carlson
Ross Carlson Your Friday Greasy Pole Champ Live posting from The Beach
St. Peter’s Fiesta and Blessing of The Fleet in the ’40s Pic From Ron Gilson
Greasy Pole Fall Classic Fundraiser 2011
Fiesta 2012 – Thursday and 5KRace – Cox Photos
Fiesta 5K
Fiesta 5K Race |(Start Photos) – 2012 St Peter’s Fiesta
2012 Saint Peter’s Fiesta Coverage, Saint Peter’s Fiesta Schedule of Events, Webcam and The Infamous Fred Buck Submits Fiesta 5K Photos
FIESTA: Thursday Evening
Almost Live Blogging from the Fiesta 5K 6/28/2012 9:33PM
Video and Pics 2012 Saint Peter’s Fiesta 5K Start Filmed At Half Speed- See Anyone You Know?
2012 Jr Girls Seine Boat Practice 6/28/12 Pics From Sista Felicia
Faces of Fiesta
Mamie’s Kitchen To Feature Arancini,Trupiano’s Sausage Subs, Homemade Linguica Rolls and Mudiga Steak Sandwiches
Fiesta Can Begin! Ambie Is Serving Sazzitza Sandwiches On Commercial Street!
Good Morning Gloucester Will Be Your Source For Saint Peter’s Fiesta Coverage–Fiesta Webcams and More
Wednesday Seine Boat Races
2012 St Peter’s Novena, Mass and Procession to the Club Video
The Greasy Pole. A Look Back 09/30/2012
Where is the Fiesta Ferris Wheel?
2012 Saint Peter’s Mass At The American Legion Photos From Alice Gardner
St. Peter Fiesta Preparations Well Underway!
Props To The Men and Women That Keep Saint Peter’s Fiesta Traditions Alive
2012 Jr Seine Boat Practice 4:50AM 6/25/12 Pics and Video
Need I remind you? Tick Tock Baby- 2012 Greasy Pole Approaches!
Girls Jr. Seine Boat Races 2012 Crew X’tra Oardinary! Racing Friday Night of Fiesta

Mayor Kirk Submits-

We love Father Matthew’s photos so much.  Thought you might like the view from the other side of the camera.




2012 Saint Joseph’s Novena Home of Franco and Margherita Pelliccia

Thank you for keeping up the tradition and inviting us in your home

Video and Slide Show Below

2012 St Josph’s Novena Trolley

Special thanks to all of the beautiful families who welcomed us into their homes, Sefathia for organizing the Trolley, Bob Ryan from CATA and Eddie Salah who donated his time to drive the Novena Trolley and our trolley mates who did the 2012 Novena crawl.

The work put in by these families is truly astounding and we are all honored by the welcoming by each and every house and huge props go out to the women, men and children that keep this tradition alive.  You are what makes our community special.

Kim Smith will do her usual knock out job covering the entire thing in a much more refined manner than my stuff but it will take a bit for her to chew through all the footage.

In the mean time, I’ll be doing a separate post each day from each family, some had more coverage than other from me as while The Bean and Snoop Maddie Mad were still with us I wanted to spend that time with them.

First off, the Trolley-


Click the slideshow below to see the larger sized pictures of the thumbnails-

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Video with Sefathia explaining what it’s all about-

St. Joseph Novena with the Orlando Family

I was touched beyond measure when Felicia invited my husband and I to celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph with she and her family, and to record the traditional songs and family Novenas throughout the city.

Orlando Family Alter

Rosalie and Maryann Orlando created a stunning alter; even the curtains are color co-ordinated to match their color scheme of plum, rose, lavender, and white.

Rosalie Orlando and Felicia

Last night we recorded every song and tonight we will record the music again because the same songs are not sung every night. Then tomorrow night we will visit all the Novenas throughout the city in what Joey referred to as the “crawl’ and what Felicia calls “Italian Trick or Treat.” And then for the magnificent feast at Felicia’s home on Monday night… Stay tuned for much more to follow.

Pat, Lillian, and Phyllis sharing a joke…

After prayers and singing  a delicious supper was served, with pizza made by Joe Orlando, salad, and homemade pastries. My deepest thanks to the Orlando family for allowing me to film thier beautiful family tradition. And for the very warm welcome to their lovely home, wonderful dinner, and much laughter!

To read the extensive GMG coverage and see Joey’s videos from last year’s Novenas, go to the GMG search box and type in Novena.

Sista Felicia Does St. Joseph’s Day Pasta For The Gloucester Times Taste of The Times

From The Gloucester Daily Times-

When Felicia was growing up this special recipe was prepared by her Aunt “FeFe“, Vincie and Uncle Mike (Militello). Now she makes it herself and passes along the family’s recipe secrets. The main ingredients are cauliflower, fava beans, and the ferns on top of the anise bulbs. In fact, since the grocers and supermarkets typically throw away this part of the plant before even putting it on the shelf, Felicia goes around each year to remind them to avoid that for this special week of St. Joseph’s Day so that she and others can properly make the dish.

Her aunt and uncle FeFe and Vincie used to create an alter every St. Joseph’s Day and that became very big, so big that many people came each year to pay their respects and eat some of the special pasta dish. The pasta sauce was served over home made St. Joseph fettuccini pasta. What made this St. Joseph Pasta is that all the flower used to prepare the feast was blessed by a priest the day before St. Joseph day. It was done, in fact, at a very special mass in Aunt FeFe and Uncle Vincie’s home in front of her alter. You cannot get much more authentic than that.


You can read my buddy Heather Atwood’s article about Felicia and St Joseph’s Traditions here-

Feast of St. Joseph fare celebrates workers

Screen Captures From This Coming Saturday Night’s Movie Presentation At Lat 43 From Sam Hartson’s “This Is Fiesta”

If you Love The Fiesta, If You Love Gloucester, If you Love The Community and The Tradition You Owe It To Yourself To Come Down and Celebrate at Lat 43 Saturday Night To See The Movie on The 25 Foot Screen we Will Be Hoisting High In The Air In The Lat 43  Parking lot which Will be transformed into an outdoor café for an incredible community event!

It’s not only Fiesta Footage Though-

We will also show footage of the blue lobsters, albino lobsters, rare golden sea robin, Sunday Senior Seine Boat race, Friday Saturday and Sunday greasy pole footage, Monkey Balls, Craig Kimberly’s Fiesta Videos, Faces Of The Fishermen Video from EJ, Gloucester’s Finast Kind Calendar, and much much more.  The Outdoor café setup in the parking area in front of Lat 43 will be incredibly set up and they will be practically giving the food away and there will be adult beverage service- NOT TO BE MISSED!!!!!