Religions and Spirituality

Cardinal Dolan Coming to Yorktown Feast of San Gennaro

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Cardinal Dolan at St. Patrick's Church in December 2013 Credits: File Photo/Tabitha Pearson Marshall
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YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, is coming to Yorktown this weekend and is scheduled to appear at St. Patrick’s Church and the Yorktown Feast of San Gennaro.

Dolan is scheduled to be at St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, when he will speak about mercy. At 5:15 p.m., he will conduct mass at St. Patrick’s. His arrival time at the Feast of San Gennaro is yet to be announced.

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The second annual Yorktown Feast of San Gennaro will take place Sept. 15-18. The event will be situated on Commerce Street between Downing Drive and Kear Street. That stretch of road will be closed to through traffic from 10 a.m. Sept. 15, through 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19. The Yorktown Volunteer Ambulance Corps will be stationed in the middle of Commerce Street for the duration of the event.

Feast hours are 5-11 p.m. on Sept. 15 and 16, and noon-11 p.m. on Sept. 17 and 18.

There will be zeppoles and rice balls, Italian egg rolls, sausage and peppers, beer and wine, and lots more mouth-watering fare. For the young ones, there’s a towering Ferris wheel and other fun rides. For the young at heart of any age, there is an array of arcade games with plush prizes to take home.

Four sets of red-green-and-white light arches, just like those that illuminate the streetscape at Little Italy’s original feast, already fill the airspace above Commerce Street where the Feast will take place.

There will also be live bands on the main stage in front of the Shell gas station. All feast DJs are provided by Total DJ Entertainment.

  • Johnny Sal and DJs Mike Love (not of The Beach Boys) and Squints, 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15
  • DJ Squints and Teo Friday, 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16
  • Class Action, Friday, 9 p.m. Sept. 16
  • The Ultimate Tribute Band, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
  • Pane e Cioccolata band with Luigi Trombetta and Angelo Coppola, 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18

Feast organizers invite everyone to participate in the opening procession at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. Led by Grand Marshal Tony Grasso and musicians, including trumpeter Sal Lagonia, the procession will depart from behind the Commerce Street firehouse and proceed to Railroad Park, where the statue of Saint Gennaro will be on display for the duration of the four-day event. The statue, which was used in Little Italy’s original San Gennaro processions, is on loan to the Yorktown Feast of San Gennaro by Church of the Most Precious Blood, the national shrine church of San Gennaro, on Mulberry Street in Little Italy.

At the opening ceremony, the national anthem will be sung by Jessica Lynn, who is a resident of Yorktown.

Each year, a portion of proceeds from the feast are donated to faith-based groups, community charities and civic organizations by CCM of Westchester, Inc., a non-profit.

One of the annual donations from CCM goes to a beneficiary designated by the feast’s grand marshal. Grasso has chosen the Pines Bridge Monument Fund.  The proposed statue would pay homage to “America’s first veterans,” who fought locally in the Revolutionary War. Michael Kahn, an officer with the Yorktown Police Department who leads the project, and other members of the Monument committee will be at the feast accepting donations.

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