It has been a tradition in my family to attend the yearly Feast Day Mass in honor of St. Ann on July 26. St. Ann is the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary and grandmother of Our Lord Jesus Christ. My paternal grandmother, Antoinette, and her family devoutly attended. She in turn handed the tradition down to my aunts and father. In fact, my grandmother would help carry the statue of St. Ann through the streets of Hoboken barefoot.
When my grandmother’s family came over from Italy they settled in Hoboken, NJ. At the turn of the 20th Century, when they arrived, Hoboken was far from the gentrified, bar hopping, foodie destination it is today. I remember my dad telling me stories about how his sisters and he would visit Hoboken each Summer before they headed to vacation at the Jersey Shore. Most of the stories revolved around an interesting cast of characters with even more interesting nicknames. And the stories usually turn place around the feast of St. Ann. Needless to say, Saint Ann plays an important part in all of our lives.
Here are some pictures from this year’s Feast Day.
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