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Letter: Help Bring St. Rocco’s Feast Back to Glen Cove

We must bring the Feast of St. Rocco’s back to Glen Cove. The feast has been a much-respected part of our community’s life. For me, the feast has been part of my life, and my family’s life from the day in 1974 when Father Della Rosa came to me and many other parishioners asking if we could restart the original feast of St. Rocco. Well, he was a man of vision as can be attested by the 35 years of honoring St. Rocco, our patron saint.

For half of my life working at the feast has been an opportunity for me to feel connected to my friends, neighbors, and members of my community. Being part of the volunteers that offered their time and talent to make the feast happen was a special experience for me and I know for those who worked beside me.

St. Rocco’s Feast was a spiritual community event that united all who participated in making it happen as well as who attended. Everyone knew it was the people of St. Rocco’s Parish that were responsible for making this amazing week happen.

I’m not sure why there will be no feast this year, but I know that I want Glen Cove to have the St. Rocco’s feast next year, but I cannot make it happen myself. That is why I am asking for your HELP. I know that we who worked the feast know how to arrange for as well as to operate the feast. I also know, that we the past volunteers have the knowledge of how to make a successful St. Rocco’s feast.

The question I ask is, “does anyone besides myself miss the feast and think that it is part of our heritage and want to continue this tradition that has served our community for the past 35 years?”

If you are interested in having the feast next year and would like to meet with me, and perhaps form a group or committee, we can work together to make sure The Feast of St. Rocco’s is brought back in all its glory.

Please feel free to call me at 676-4590 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Hoping to hear from all that will miss the feast, the feast workers, the parishioners and all the people on Long Island who will no longer have the Best Feast in the East to look forward to.

Steve Anzalone