This year marks the historic 120th Anniversary of the Feast of St. Gerard, conducted by Saint Lucy’s Church in Newark, New Jersey, the National Shrine of Saint Gerard. The Feast takes place over five days beginning on Wednesday, October 16 and continuing through Sunday, October 20. Processions will take place on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00pm and Sunday at 3:00pm. The Procession will begin at St. Lucy’s Church on Seventh Avenue and proceed through the neighborhood, returning again to St. Lucy’s, but each of the three processions will take a different route.
St. Gerard’s intercession is sought for children, unborn children, women in childbirth, mothers, expectant mothers and the poor. Novenas begin on Monday, October 7 at 7:00pm and continue through Friday, October 18. Please note that there are no Novenas on Sunday, October 13 or Wednesday, October 16. The relic of St. Gerard will be venerated at each Novena.
On Wednesday, October 16, Mass will be offered on the hour beginning at 7:00am through 11:00am, with the High Solemn Mass to be celebrated at 11:00am. Additionally, there will Masses at 12:30pm and 5:30pm. The Anointing of the Sick will take place at 7:00pm on Thursday, October 19. The following evening at 7:00pm is the Blessing of Women praying to conceive. The Blessing of Expectant Mothers is at 7:00pm on Monday, October 14 and the Blessing of Newborn Babies is on the following evening, also at 7:00pm. There will be a special Italian American Organizations Mass at 7:30pm on Thursday, October 17 and a special “Blue Mass’’ honoring police, firefighter and first responders on Friday, October 18 at 6:30pm.
Entertainment on Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18 takes place from 7:00 to 10:00pm, with The Jukebox Legends performing on Thursday followed on Friday with Charlie P. and CRC Production NJ. On Saturday, Jerry Pearse performs from 3:00 to 5:00pm and Park Avenue from 7:00 to 10:00pm. On the final day of the Feast, Sunday, October 20, Gerald Esposito performs from noon to 2:00pm; Ray Cetrell from 4:30 to 6:30pm and Jersey Sound takes the stage from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.
St. Lucy’s Church is located at 118 Seventh Avenue in Newark, New Jersey. Please visit their website for more information at www.saintlucy.net.