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St. William Parish celebrates feast of St. Rocco

By Karen Callaway | Photo editor
August 24, 2018

St. William Parish celebrates feast of St. Rocco

Parishioners at St. William Parish, 2600 N. Sayre Ave., celebrated the 115th anniversary of a novena to St. Rocco Aug. 19, 2018. The money collected is donated to parish ministries and other charities. The event is sponsored by the Society of St. Rocco di Potenza. The society was founded at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Parish by Paul Carelli after he prayed to the saint to heal his 5-year-old daughter from illness.
A statue of St. Rocco stands in the sanctuary during Mass at St. William Church, 2600 N. Sayre Ave., Aug. 19, as worshippers celebrate the 115th anniversary of a novena for the saint. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Children dressed as angels sit in the front row during Mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
A man prays during the Mass Aug. 19. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Father Ryszard Gron, pastor, receives the gifts. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Members of the Society of St. Rocco di Potenza pray during Mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Worshippers share the sign of peace. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Father Stan Czarnecki distributes communion during Mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Father Gron receives a relic of St. Rocco from Phil Parker. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Father Gron reads a prayer to St. Rocco as he holds up a relic of the saint following Mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Women carry a float with statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus out of the church. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Worshippers carry a family float out of church. Families often make floats to loved ones to carry in a St. Rocco procession. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic
Leonard Giuliano attaches donations from parishioners to the statue of St. Rocco following Mass and before a procession as parishioners at St. William Parish, 2600 N. Sayre Ave., celebrate the 115th anniversary of a novena for the saint Aug. 19. The money is donated to parish ministries and other charities. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Men carry a statue of Mary in the procession around the neighborhood of St. William Parish. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

Parishioners at St. William Parish, 2600 N. Sayre Ave., celebrated the 115th anniversary of a novena to St. Rocco Aug. 19, 2018. The money collected is donated to parish ministries and other charities. The event is sponsored by the Society of St. Rocco di Potenza. The society was founded at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Parish by Paul Carelli after he prayed to the saint to heal his 5-year-old daughter from illness.

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