SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) The annual Mass in Italian will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 4, at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Scranton.

The liturgy is celebrated in conjunction with La Festa Italiana, which occurs over the Labor Day weekend, Friday through Monday, September 2-5, on Courthouse Square, one block from the Cathedral.

Reverend David P. Cappelloni, La Festa chaplain, will be the principal celebrant. The Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, will preside and give the homily.

Seminarian William Beechko is Master of Ceremonies and Patrick J. Massino will serve as deacon.

The Mass will be broadcast live by CTV: Catholic Television and will be rebroadcast on Tuesday, September 6, at 8 p.m., and Wednesday, September 7, at 10 a.m. It will be available for viewing later in the week on the Diocesan website at

This year’s Mass is being offered in memory of Geva Marie Cappelloni, Patrick J. Marcinko, Jr. and former Scranton Police Chief George Murphy.

Music ministry for the Italian Mass will be provided by the choirs of SS. Anthony and  Rocco Parish, Dunmore; Holy Family Parish, Luzerne; and UNICO Scranton Chapter, accompanied by a brass quartet, all directed by Joseph Moffitt. Dominick DeNaples, mandolin; Patrick Luongo, guitar; and Monica Spishock, timpani, will also accompany.

Ashley Yando-DeFlice is the cantor. The guest vocalists are Emily and Vincent Ricciardi.

Dr. Ann Cerminaro-Costanzi is the leader of prayer. The lectors are Heather Luciani and Sister Catherine Iacouzze, MPF, and the Prayer of the Faithful will be led by Frank Blasi, Karen Clifford and William R. Genello.

Offertory gifts will be presented by La Festa President Chris DiMattio and his sons, Louis and Robert; Katie Cappelloni; Isabella Demyan; Judge Robert A. Mazzoni, Alina and UNICO National President Dominick Nicastro; and Robert W. Pettinato.

James Baress, Patrick Caramanno, Stephen Eboli, Jonathan Eboli, Andrew Fazio, Anthony Santoli and Guy M. Valvano are the ushers.

(Information from Bill Genello

Executive Director of Communications

Editor, The Catholic Light

Diocese of Scranton