Cape Verdean Feast of St. John the Baptist

August 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Africa, Cape Verde, Director's Blog, Events

On Sunday, June 23, 2013 the Cape Verdean Community of St. Edith Stein Parish in Brockton and St. Patrick & St. Peter Parish in Boston gathered at St. Edith Stein to celebrate the Feast of St. John the Baptist.  Fr. Irineau celebrated the Mass, concelebrating were: Fr. Joe, Fr. Carlos, Fr. Ben, Fr. Leo, Fr. Doran as well as Fr. Antonio F. Barros, a visiting Capuchian from Cape Verde!

Altar for the Cape Verdean Festival

Altar for the Cape Verdean Festival

Fr. Irineu and Fr. Joseph Raeke, the Pastor

Fr. Irineu and Fr. Joseph Raeke, the Pastor

Following the welcome and introduction of the priests there was a procession with the Blessed Mother and St. John the Baptist through the streets of Brockton.

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Youth Group carrying the Statue of the Blessed Mother

 

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Children who made their first Holy Communion this year in the procession

 

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Children who made their first Holy Communion this year in the procession

 

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The procession through the streets

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More of the Procession

The Religious Education children as well as those who received their First Holy Communion the week before processed with Our Blessed Mother.

The Procession concluded in the Church and Mass continued with standing room only!

After Mass the whole community celebrated with food, music, dancing and socializing.

 

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At 6:00 pm all of the children gathered at the “Mast”, which is a tradition that goes back over 400 years and has carried over from Brava Island.  This is part of a celebration of the islands’ discovery on June 24, 1462, where a “Meast Canastra” (official name) can be over 40 feet tall!  The one pictured however was only about 6 feet tall.

 

The “Mast” is a structure made in the shape of a sail (hence the children’s nickname of it as “the mast”) constructed with sugar cane rods and leaves, hanging from it’s “branches” are the “fruits of the labor” of the island which are: coconuts, mango, sugar and Canastra (a type of bread baked into shapes, such as people, animals, foods, fruits, etc.).

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 At 6:15 pm, when Fr. Irineau gave the go-ahead, all of the children rushed to the “Mast” to take one piece off each, followed by the adults, which concluded the festivities.

 

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