NORWICH – Parishioners at St. Batholomew’s Catholic Church in the City of Norwich have a longstanding tradition to pay tribute to the Italian Catholic community and emphasize the church which has become a staple in the city.
This Friday and Saturday, St. Bart’s will continue that tradition with another round of its annual Italian Feast Day celebration. For more than 80 years, St. Bart’s Feast Day has drawn hundreds of area residents to celebrate the Italian Catholic heritage through food, games, and entertainment.
“This is what we do to remind everybody where we came from and how we started out,” said St. Bart’s parishioner Theresa Biviano.
Feast Day kicks off Friday at the church located at 81 E. Main Street in Norwich, behind the Monsignor Festa Parish Center. The three-day gala, which started as a construction fundraiser to build the church in 1927, features an array of music, games, raffles, and – of course – old-fashioned Italian cuisine.