St. Bart’s celebration hopes to reconnect parishioners

NORWICH – The parishioners of St. Bartholomew’s Church in Norwich are reviving the St. Bartholomew’s Feast Day celebration, a tradition they say annually re-connected the mind and soul back to faith, family, community and church.

“We want to stress the importance of our church’s namesake,” said parishioner Nicholas Testani, who pointed to St. Bartholomew, and explained how his influence in Italy carried on to build a part of Norwich, and the church he worships in today. “We want people to come help us celebrate the feast of our patron Saint, St. Bartholomew.”

The local celebrations for the Feast of St. Bartholomew have been on hiatus for the last three years, due to a lack of volunteers.

Parishioner Jo Ann Testani said that now more than ever, carrying on the faithful vigilance of previous generations – through events such as the feast day – is something that needs to be honored, not only in spirit, but in practice.

“It’s an important part of our heritage,” she said. “This gives you a connection to your past.”

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