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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 9, 2013 Madonna del Soccorso Society Honors Matteo 6allo as "Nei of the Year" The Fisherman's Feast is Boston's oldest Italian festi- val, which began in 1910 based on the devotion of Sciacca's fishermen to the Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help). These fisher- men brought their traditions with them from ,Italy and their spirit continues for fu- ture generations. The soc.i- ety is predominantly made up of descendants of the original immigrants. Each summer, the Madonna is carried from her home in the Fisherman's Club to a chapel located at the center of the feast to be honored by thousands. Legend has it that an ill monk named Nicolo Bruno, who had a broken neck and severe fever, was visited by the Madonna with a clear message: "I am The Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca. I have come to your town of Sciacca to aid and assist people." She instructed him to spread her message throughout the town and as he rose from his bed, all his ailments disappeared. Amongst scrutiny, he spent the rest of his life spreading her message. This is only one example of the many miracles that occurred in Sciacca. During the festival, the Madonna is celebrated by members of the society, neighbors and visitors with a four day festival in her honor. The culmination oc- curs on Sunday evening with the Flight of the Angel on North Street. The Madonna del Soccorso and others like it are an essential part of preserving our heritage for future generations. Money raised during the annual festival, along with society sponsored events throughout the year help to maintain the statue, club, etc. One event is the annual dinner, which was held at Spinelli's in Danvers and honored Matteo Gallo as Neighbor of the Year. Mr. Gallo, who emigrated to the North End from Salerno, Italy as a child with his family, donates parking each year for the society during the festival. Please visit the society's webpage at www.fishermans feast.com for festival details, membership and other use- ful information. Saint Stephen the Great by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Saint Stephen, first King of Hungary, was born as Vajk in the town of Esztergom in 977. He was the son of the Magyar chieftan Geza the fourth Duke of the Hungarians and of Sarolt, his wife, who had recently converted to Christianity. According to legend, Vajk was baptized a Christian by Saint Adalbert of Prague; he was given the baptismal name Stephen in honor of Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Stephen married Giselle of Bavaria, in 995, by this marriage, he became the brother-in-law of the future Henry II, Holy Roman Emperor. He succeeded his father, Geza, on his passing in 997. Stephen devoted much of his reign to the promotion of the Christian faith. He worked to eliminate idolatry from his country putting down a rebellion by some of his pagan subjects in their counter reaction to Chris- tianity. Stephen discouraged pagan customs and strength- ened Christianity by means of various laws. In his first decree, issued at the begin- ning of his rule, he ordered that every ten villages would be obliged to build a church. He invited foreign priests to Hungary to evangelize his kingdom. He gave his patronage to Church lead- -N Boston Harborside Home Joseph A. Langone 580 Commercial St. - Boston, MA 02109 617-536-4110 www.bostonharborsidehome.com Augustave M. Sabia, Jr. Trevor Slauenwhite Frederick J. Wobrock Dino C. Manca Courtney A. Fitzgibbons Visit us online at WWW.BOSTON POSTGAZETTE.COM A Service Family Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corporation International 206 Winter St., Fall River, MA 02720 Telephone 508-676-2454 ers, helped build churches, and acknowledged the rights of the Holy See. In recogni- tion of his efforts, Stephen was anointed king of Hun- gary, receiving the cross and crown from Pope Sylvester II. The date of Stephen's coro- nation ~which took place in Esztergom is variously given as Christmas Day, 1000 or January 1, 1001. His reign was taken up with the consolidation of Christianity on the region. His crown and regalia became beloved symbols of the Hungarian nation. The last years of his life were embittered by sickness and family troubles. When on September 2, 1031, his only son, St. Emeric, lost his life on a boar hunt, his cher- ished hope of transferring the reins of government into the hands of a pious Chris- tian prince were shattered. During his lifetime a quar- rel arose among his various nephews concerning the right of succession, and some of them even took part in a failed conspiracy against his life. Stephen died in 1038. He was buried beside his son at Stuhlweissen- burg, and both were canon- ized together in 1083 by Pope Saint Gregory VII. His incorrupt right hand is treasured as the most sa- cred relic in Hungary. His feast day is celebrated on August 164. He is the Patron Saint of Hungary. PRAYER TO ST. JUDE May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and pre- served throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, pray for us. Say this prayer 9 times a day and by the 8th day your prayers will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. My prayers have been answered. A.T.R J Ciao Bella, All THAT ZAZZ by Mary N. DiZazzo KENNETH BATrELLE Hairdresser to the Stare 1927-2013 This past spring we lost an- other true servant the beauty world. He acquired many acco- lades in his long & outstand- ing career. In 1961 he won an award for hairstyling making it a key element of current fashion. Vogue magazine predicted that any- one who is anyone will have Kenneth design a hairstyle for them. After serving in the Navy he attended beauty school much to the dismay of his mother. He worked hard climbing the ladder to suc- cess at Helena Rubenstein's Salon. That is where he was introduced to Jacqueline Kennedy in 1954. He cre- ated a whole new look for her with big rollers, thus her famous bouffant! He restored Marilyn Monroe's tresses with conditioning and soft waves. Lucille Ball named him "God." Other celebrity clients of Kenneth were Brooke Astor, Lee Rad- ziwill, Katherine Hepburn, Judy Garland and many morel He served all the Grande dames of Manhat- tan. He showed women that bleaching, perms and hair- spray were unnecessary in achieving their final style. He went for a more roman- tic look and introduced more use of the roller set creat- ing natural looking waves. His beauty parlor located at 19 East 54th Street was set up as a place for fun, Almost "club like" with a circus ambiance of wild col- ors and patterns, all the while serving tea and finger sandwiches. Kenneth accompanied Mar- ilyn Monroe to the movie set of "Some Like It Hot" starring Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. He also groomed her coif for President Kennedy's rally in May 1962 at Madi- son Square Garden where she performed "Happy Birth- day Mr. President ". There is so much more to Kenneth Battelle's life as an inventor of modern hair. Humble as he spoke this line, "What I do," he said, "is only a shampoo away from being nothing". I truly wish I could have shaken his hand thanking him for making the cosme- tology world a successful place to work for myself and my fellow cosmetologists. Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America! a D1Z.azzo .Trumbull Read prior weeks~ "All ~ T-ha~ ,l~az~ c6-1umns at tmvw.allthatzazz.eom. Mary is a third-generation cosmetolo- gist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary@mary4nails.eom. Thinking Out Loud (Continued from Page 4) when someone says they read my piece. I don't care ff they agree or disagree with me. I want people to keep in- formed. I want people to stay alive and alert and full of life too. I am trying to just relax this summer and enjoy everything around me. I enjoyed my vacation so much I am already thinking of doing it again soon. Sum- mer is great. Up and about enjoying the life you meet mostly by chance. I like my friends down at Dunkin' Donuts where we debate the news over a cup of coffee and a jelly stick. I am usually outnumbered by my liberal friends but since I know I am almost always right, numbers don't count. I also have enjoyed getting a nice dark tan this sum- mer. Recently, at the El Sal- vador Festival in East Bos- ton, I told a Spanish friend of mine that I was darker than a white Hispanic. He laughed harder than me over that joke. Finally, one good reason for being so up and alive this summer had to do with me tackling a sugar issue. I got all my numbers down and even lost 25 pounds. My doctor thinks I have done a great job. Me too. After-all, I plan to be around and be a nice pain in the you-know- what for a long time. Sunrise. Sunset, sunrise, sunset. Days go by fast. Live your life. Do good and be happy. Be full of LIFE. ICHAEL C E M ETE RY C RE MATO RY 7 ] 500 Canterbury Street The Respectful Veay, Boston, MA 02131 617.524.1036 Serving the Italian Community www.stmichaelcemetery.com for Over 100 Years!