SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Bishop Manuel A. Cruz of the Newark Archdiocese will be the main celebrant of the annual bi-lingual Italian/English Mass and procession of the statues of St. Bartholomew and St. Nicholas at the St. Bart's Italian American Festival on Saturday, August 30, at 5:00 p.m.
During Mass, Renato Biribin, whose tireless efforts with regards to the Festival for so many years, will be remembered. His daughter, Marianna, will be present at the mass to sing the Ave Maria in honor of her father.
"Renato, whom we will honor at our Mass in Italian on Saturday, was a man who worked hard, dared much, and was always willing to do what was necessary to achieve his goals," said Father John Paladino, pastor of St. Bart's Church. "These qualities brought him success in the world — not necessarily worldly success but, more importantly, a place at the heavenly banquet with Christ. We would be wise to follow his example of hard work, humility, and service to others."
Biribin, a former National President of UNICO, the Italian-American service organization, who helped charter the Scotch Plains chapter of UNICO in 1973, died in April 2019 at age 79. For many years, he was a fixture selling raffle tickets (among other duties) at the St. Bart's Italian American Festival each Labor Day Weekend. He was also a successful attorney and an active volunteer with numerous community groups.
"Renato was a great example of someone who lived the UNICO motto 'Service above self'," said Paul Raphael, past president of the Scotch Plains chapter of UNICO, who described Biribin as "a staple at the St. Bart's/UNICO Italian Festival."
St. Bart's Italian American Festival
Friday, August 29: 4:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 30: 4:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 31: 4:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 1: 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.
St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church
2032 Westfield Ave.
Scotch Plains, NJ