YORKVILLE — The Congrega di Santa Rosalia Vergine Palermitana, or The Santa Rosalia Society of East Utica, will hold a 105th Birthday Celebration and Communion Breakfast at noon Sunday, Dec. 12, at Club Monarch, 16 Erie St.
All are invited to gather at St. Mary of Mount Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Church for the 10:30 a.m. Mass celebrated by The Rev. Jim Cesta. The cost of the breakfast is $20 per person, and all reservations may be made only with accompanying payment by Dec. 5.
The Congrega di Santa Rosalia Vergine Palermitana was established on Aug. 20, 1916, in Utica. This society was for men of Sicilian parentage only and celebrated the female protector of Palermo. The society was incorporated on Nov. 21, 1930. In 1940, an amendment to the constitution and bylaws allowed women to join the membership.
The main religious activity of the organization was to revere the patron saint of Palermo twice yearly through a High Mass in July and a religious festival in September.
Today, there are no restrictions on membership as all are welcome who wish to honor Santa Rosalia.
The purpose of the society is to move forward by preserving the chapel, which will serve as a gathering place for the organization and the surrounding community.
In the spirit of fostering community, the society looks to honor the patron saint of Palermo, Santa Rosalia, through the principles of reaching out and giving back to the community through good works and charitable contributions to worthy causes.
For more information, contact the Society at StRosaliaSociety@gmail.com.