In a parish tradition that is older than anyone can remember, Holy Cross Church in Charlotte celebrated the feast of St. Anthony of Padua yesterday evening.
The church was nearly full as Fr. Fred Eisemann celebrated the entire Mass - except for the homily - in Italian, with both Frs. Tom Wheeland and John Reif concelebrating.
Following the Mass many of the congregation gathered in a light rain around the shrine of St. Anthony for the traditional blessing of the St. Anthony's Bread and recitation of the Litany of St. Anthony.
Len Hawley, who has been entertaining Rochester audiences for over 60 years, provided the music at the wine-and-cheese reception which followed.