St. James’ Episcopal Church to celebrate St. Rocco’s Day

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St. James’ Episcopal Church in Boardman invites the community to attend its annual Celebration of St. Rocco on Aug. 18 at 10 a.m.

The festival eucharist will be followed by a traditional St. Rocco’s-style cavatelli dinner from 12-5 p.m. Take out will be available.

The food will be prepared by cooks of the former St. Rocco’s Episcopal Church in Youngstown, which closed in 2007.

The menu includes homemade cavatelli, meatballs and bread; tossed salad; dessert and beverage. The cost is $8. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and basket auction. All proceeds benefit the church.

Aug. 16 is the Feast Day of St. Rocco. He was born in Montpellier, France in 1295 with a red cross on the left side of his chest. Inheriting his family wealth at age 20, he gave it all away to the poor and needy to become a pilgrim. He encountered communities suffering from the plague along his journeys, lingering to help the sick. Many were cured when he visited them.

St. Rocco was imprisoned under suspicion of being a spy. He died at age 32. St. Rocco is best remembered for healing the sick, but is also known as a patron saint of dogs.

St. James’ has been celebrating the feast day of St. Rocco since 2007. The church is located at 7640 Glenwood Ave. in Boardman.

For more information, contact the church office at 330-758-2727 or e-mail