We express our sincere gratitude to all who have shown their support throughout the years for Societá SS. Crocifisso di Ciminna (Chicago) feast and fundraisers. We hope to see you at our annual feast June 7 & 8, 2014 on the grounds of Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, Illinois.
We especially would like to express our gratitude and say “Grazie a tutti” to all who participated in the 17th Annual Celebration honoring SS Crocifisso di Ciminna this past June 9, 2013 on the grounds of Maryville in Des Plaines, IL.
We appreciate the participation and generosity from our fellow Ciminnese and Italian-American brothers and sisters. And it was wonderful to have a flock of new devotees to the Holy Crucifix witnessed this year.
Thank you to the many men who dressed in the traditional white with red sashes and bore the alter of Santissimo Crocifisso upon their shoulders in the ancient ritual procession. The tradition of carrying the cross is a privilege and an honor that has been handed down for many generations. Even those who are not of Italian decent that have chosen to dedicate themselves to this ancient tradition are indeed a proud representation of our Catholic heritage.
Thank you to those who participated in the holy celebration of mass, especially Rev. John Belmonte S.J. Ph.D., Rev. John Smyth & Rev. Marco A. Mercado for their continued support and guidance.
Thank you to the Committee and Members of the Societá for their constant dedication and hard work to make this celebration such a success year after year.
Viva Il Padre delle Grazie!