Sunday, September 25, 2011


Over 300 people gathered at Saint Fidelis Friary on Friday, September 23, for the final night of the novena to Padre Pio, followed by Mass, procession and dinner.

The rain started before dawn and kept pouring and pouring, but the people ketp coming and coming.  The rain stopped just before 6pm, and the prayers began around 620pm.  The rain never returned and a great, and dry, time was had by all.

The sanctuary was decked out beautifully with autumn colors.

Padre Pio and Our Lady (unseen here) were both decorated with flower leis.

The men begin carrying the andas, or pallet, of Padre Pio for the procession.

A rear view of the candle light procession.

Archbishop Anthony Apuron graced us with his presence.  Fr. Andre stands on the left.

A relic of Padre Pio (one of his blood stained handkerchiefs) is venerated.

The fiesta meal had more than enough food, provided by the people themselves.

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