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Catholic Tradition Kicks off in Williamsburg Tonight with the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast

Diocese Brooklyn
July 06, 2022

Catholic Tradition Kicks off in Williamsburg Tonight with the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast
Photo: olmcfeast.com

The 135th Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel begins tonight in Brooklyn with an Opening Night Coronation Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, at 7 pm at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, located at 275 N 8th Street in Williamsburg.

After tonight’s Mass, a fireworks show will take place at 9 pm. The Italian American feast in Brooklyn, which dates back to 1887, will take place from July 6th – July 17th and include the following special Masses and events:

  • Sunday, July 10, 11:30 am Mass in honor of San Paolino
    Celebrated by Msgr. Jamie J. Gigantiello, Pastor
    Our Lady of Mount Carmel – Annunciation Parish
  • Sunday, July 10, 1:30 pm Dancing of the Giglio
    Wednesday, July 13, 7:30 pm Giglio Night Lift; Fireworks 9 pm
  • Saturday, July 16, 10 am Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast Day English Mass
    Celebrated by Monsignor David Cassato
  • Saturday, July 16, 2 pm Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast Day English/Italian Mass
    Celebrated by Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio
    Bishop Emeritus of Brooklyn
  • Saturday, July 16, 3 pm Procession of the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
  • Sunday, July 17, 3 pm Old Timers’ Giglio Sunday - Dancing of the Giglio

The Giglio is a seven-story tower structure composed of aluminum, paper-mâché, and plastic painted and decorated with Gigli (flowers) and the image of St. Paulinus. A platform at the base of the tower supports a twelve-piece brass band and singer. The entire assemblage—tower and band—is hoisted and carried by 112 dancing and marching men, the lifters. Each lift begins with the official feast song, written in Williamsburg and used since 1959, “O Giglio e Paradiso.”