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June 20, 2014

Prayers to St. Peter

Novena at Legion shows religious focus of Fiesta

The arrival of St. Peter’s Fiesta to St. Peter’s Square in downtown Gloucester next week will mean its time for all sorts of family fun, from nightly music and other entertainment, to carnival rides.

It’s also a time or unique sports events, including next Thursday’s Fiesta 5k road race, the annual seine boat races, and the three days of competitive walks along The Greasy Pole just off Pavilion Beach.

But, at its core, St. Peter’s Fiesta is a religious celebration, hailing the patron saint of all fishermen and featuring the Sunday, June 29, Outdoor Mass and the procession through Gloucester’s streets with the iconic statue of St. Peter usually housed at the St. Peter’s Club on Rogers Street.

And, in fact, the religious side of Fiesta is already under way, with this week’s start of the touching and solemn novena of prayer to St. Peter being held each night through next Tuesday at the Lester Wass American Legion hall on Washington Street.

The novena continues each night at 7 p.m.; all are welcome to attend.

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