Showing posts with label St Rocco. Show all posts
Showing posts with label St Rocco. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Graci Family, St. Mary’s Once Again to Host Bone Marrow Registry Drive

Last year they registered nearly 400 potential bone marrow donors, and from that group there were five potential matches, better than the odds. This year, they hope even more people will stop at their booth for a quick swab of the cheek to register for the National Bone Marrow Registry. 
Registering as many potential bone marrow donors as possible is an important mission for the Graci family, “Because we knew what it was like to wait for a donor and find a match. Without the donors, there is no cure,” says Rita Graci, who is embarking on the second year of her bone marrow registry drive at the Feast of Saint Rocco, from August 14-16.  
“If your loved one, your child, your husband, your brother – if your loved one is sitting there waiting for a cure, you’re hoping to God that they’re going to find a match, and the donor is willing to donate.”

Feast of St Rocco Festival - Aug 13, 14, 15, 16
Feast of St Rocco Festival - Aug 13, 14, 15, 16
The Feast of Saint Rocco will take place in the parking lot of the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School in Franklin from August 13-16, but the Graci’s and their volunteers will be manning the booth from the 14-16, on Friday, from 6-10 p.m., Saturday, 12-10 p.m. and Sunday 12-9 p.m. 
Can’t make it to the booth? If you would like to find out more about signing up on the registry as a bone marrow donor, you can visit, email or call (212) 209-6779. 
If you would like to sign up in Kristin Graci’s name, as part of the Feast of St. Rocco blood drive, ask for a kit, and when you submit it, enter GMF002 as the drive number on the registration form.

You can find the full article online here

You can find the St Rocco Festival schedule here

Sunday, August 10, 2014

In the News: candidates night, St Rocco's

September will bring a primary election to select who the party candidates will be for the November election.

NORFOLK – Democratic town committees from Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham are sponsoring a candidates’ night Tuesday for the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex state senate seat. 
Democratic primary candidates Sara-Lynn Reynolds and Dylan Hayre will participate in the 6:30 p.m. forum. 
They are vying to challenge incumbent Richard Ross, R-Wrentham, in the general election. 
Rick Holmes of the MetroWest Daily News will moderate the forum. The event will be held at the Norfolk library, 139 Main St., Norfolk.

From the Milford Daily News

Asked how day three of the 36th annual Feast of St. Rocco was going, Peter Brunelli looked weary. 
"You really want to know?" Brunelli said Saturday. "I don’t know whether I’m coming or going." 
Brunelli has been organizing the feast with Frank Fiorillo, Mickey DeGrazia and Thomas Olsen since the beginning. It’s a hectic four days, but the longtime friends look forward to it each year. 
The Feast of St. Rocco is a celebration of family and food to benefit St. Mary’s Parish. Some 60,000 people were expected to flock to the four-day festival for the cannolis, meatballs, music and rides, among other draws.

You can continue to read the article in the Milford Daily News here

the Ferris wheel at St Rocco's
the Ferris wheel at St Rocco's

Monday, August 4, 2014

Bone Marrow Drive to be held at the St. Rocco’s Festival -> Aug 8 -10

Here is a link to St. Mary’s Newletter called "The Weave."  The front page story tells how the Bone Marrow Drive came about.

Hopefully this is just the first of many Bone Marrow Drives to be held at the St. Rocco’s Festival in the years to come.

The St Rocco Festival schedule and additional information can be found here

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Members of St. Mary’s Parish and Delete Blood Cancer Holds Bone Marrow Registration Drive

Beginning Friday, August 8th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, members of St. Mary’s Parish in Franklin will be partnering with Delete Blood Cancer to host a bone marrow registration drive during the Feast of Saint Rocco held at St. Mary’s church. During this event, volunteers will be registering new bone marrow donors to become potential life-saving matches for patients suffering from various forms of blood cancer and blood disease. 
The registration booth will also be open on Saturday, August 9th from 11:00am to 10:00pm and Sunday, August 10th from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. 
The group of volunteers hosting this event will be led by Justin Graci, who lost his sister Kristin to leukemia in 2010, and other members of the Graci family. Though Kristin is no longer with us, Justin and other members of the St. Mary’s community who were touched by her illness and passing continue to give back by spreading awareness about blood disease and the need for bone marrow donors. 
Every day thousands of patients like Kristin search for a bone marrow donor. However, only 4 out of 10 patients are lucky enough to receive a transplant. Members of the St. Mary’s Parish hope to change these odds by offering people the opportunity to register as a potential bone marrow donor and further Delete Blood Cancer’s mission of saving lives.  
About Delete Blood Cancer

Delete Blood Cancer DKMS started with one family’s search for a bone marrow donor and is today part of the world’s largest bone marrow donor center. We have helped register more than 4 million potential donors and facilitated close to 40,000 life-saving transplants around the world. But we’re not stopping there. Every day we lead the fight against blood cancer by working with families, communities and organizations to recruit more donors and provide more patients with second chances at life. 
For more information or to register as a bone marrow donor, please visit

The St Rocco Festival schedule and additional information can be found here

Sunday, August 11, 2013

St Rocco's Festival - photo essay

Saturday night was a good night to eat out. Especially with all the choices available at the Annual St Rocco Festival. What did I end up with? New England clam chowder and clam cakes went well accompanied by the Italian music. Topped off with a couple of delicious cannoli's for dessert, I was satisfied for the night!

Singer sings his song

The singer was working the crowd from the dancing area

working the crowd with dancers behind him

At least one grandpa and some kids did some dancing

colorful prizes

When the carnival show is in town, there are prizes!

did you try to catch the golden ring?

The carousel goes round and round

clear blue sky

The rides against the setting sun made for a colorful night

Pharaoh watches from the corner

The Pharaoh was still (for a bit) in the corner!

the big slide

The super slide stood out against the blue sky

how high can you go?

The crazy bus couldn't get as high as the Ferris Wheel!

a festive occasion

The whole atmosphere at the Festival was quite joyous!

In the News: Master Plan, St Rocco

Housing component of Franklin master plan criticized

Broad goals for the future of housing and development in town laid out in the draft master plan drew criticism Saturday at a public hearing on the document.

Familiar faces set up Feast of St. Rocco in Franklin

Peter Brunelli says it takes more than one person to plan each new day of the 35th annual Feast of St. Rocco, a popular celebration of Franklin’s Italian-American community.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Bakers compete in chocolate chip cookie showdown at St. Rocco's


Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:


via Wicked Local Franklin News RSS by Heather McCarron/STAFF WRITER on 8/17/12


Dark chocolate chip and cherry, chocolate chip and cranberry, vanilla splash triple chocolate chip, banana oatmeal chocolate chip, even chocolate chip bacon pecan — bakers competing in this year's chocolate chip cookie contest Aug. 12 at the Feast of St. Rocco pulled out all the stops on the creativity side in hopes of earning bragging rights as the owner of the best chocolate chip cookie recipe in town.


Things you can do from here:


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Closing Day for St Rocco's

Today marks the closing of the Olympics in London and St Rocco's Festival here in Franklin.

Annual fun at St. Rocco's in Franklin

Yes, the major reason for St Rocco's Festival is a fund raiser for St Mary's Church

St Rocco's Festival

St Rocco's Festival

St Rocco's Festival

St Rocco's Festival

Friday, August 10, 2012

St Rocco Festival

The 34th Annual St Rocco Festival is underway in Franklin this weekend. The Milford Daily News writes:
St. Mary Parish’s biggest fundraiser, the four-day festival raised $59,000 last year, with thousands attending. Father Michael Guerino started it in 1979 to honor St. Rocco, the patron saint of healing. 
Since then, a tight-knit group of church volunteers, old and young, have made sure the feast pushes on, August after August. They have managed it for so long, the setup has become a reflex. 
Indeed, their hard work was on display on the sprawling festival grounds.

Read more:

Sunday, August 14, 2011

"We'll always be tied to St. Rocco's"

For those participating in the 33rd Feast of St. Rocco, the patron saint of the sick, the event is more than a time for socializing and eating Italian favorites like cannoli and lasagna. Like Brunelli, for most it's a matter of the heart. 
Brunelli and his cousin, Mickey Degrazia, two of the five co-chairmen of St. Rocco's and both Franklin natives, have helped plan the feast for three decades now. 
This year, they started the planning process July 25. They expect 50,000 to 60,000 people will attend this weekend, Brunelli said.

Read more:

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Scenes from St Rocco's

St Rooco's the annual extravagnaza in Franklin has games:


and of course, St Rocco:

The weather this year seems to be fully cooperating with the schedule to have a good time!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

In the News - cookies, St Rocco's, vacant houses

The St Rocco's Festival cookie contest recap with winner Donna Copponi

Donna's winning recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies

Plenty of good food at St Rocco's

And on the vacant house front:

Pellegri, who has been Franklin's town clerk for 24 years, said she finds the number of vacancies listed - 778 - alarming.

That figure is down slightly from April, when the listing was 805, she said, but in past years, it is typically in the high 400s or low 500s, Pellegri said.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here