Two South Phila. parishes have big reasons to celebrate

Oct 15, 2019 268

BY: Joseph Myers

The sun took a while to peek through the clouds on Sunday, Oct. 6, but nothing could cloak the light in the hearts of parishioners and guests at St. Paul Parish and St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish, both in South Philadelphia, for a day of festivities. The former saw the dedication of a long-desired church hall and a well-received feast, while the latter staged its annual Italian Festival with nine hours of revelry marking the occasion. (See a photo gallery of more scenes from the festival here.)

Parishioners had long needed a suitable social gathering space, a need made more acute in 2000 when St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi Parish merged into St. Paul’s in South Philadelphia’s Bella Vista neighborhood. Through a transaction that included the sale of St. Mary’s rectory, the vision for a new hall gained traction, modification of St. Mary’s lower church was soon completed and it has been in use since late August.

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