La Salette  holds third annual Italian Cultural Festival honoring Padre Pio


The Padre Pio Prayer Group of the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette at 947 Park Street in Attleboro, Massachusetts, is proud to announce the third annual Italian Cultural Festival honoring Padre Pio, on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Shrine.

The Festival will honor the great life of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina who was canonized in 2002 and became St. Pio. St. Pio, because of the personal pain and suffering that he endured as he bore the stigmata, wished to help others who were suffering both physically, financially and psychologically.

The day begins at 11 a.m.  with a blessing at the Padre Pio Garden and ends with a solemn Mass at 4:30 p.m.

Some of the day’s events include a movie about two young boys researching the life of Padre Pio; a concert starring tenor and pianist Austin Burnsz;  veneration of a first class relic of Padre Pio; a Shrine tour; and a 50/50 cash raffle. 

A list of the day’s events can be found on the Shrine’s website:  Raffle tickets can also be purchased via the website.

Spirit of Hope is as sponsor of this event as well.

Benvenuti and mille grazie!!!!

For more information, contact the following individuals: Father Flavio Gillio, Shrine Director (, 508-222-5410); Teddy deCaro (, 508-369-5147) or Louis Spremulli (, 401-374-4590).

Editor’s Note: Louis Spremulli, a Johnston resident, will provide occasional Rhode Island Italian cultural updates from in and around Johnston and Cranston.


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