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  • Saturday, April 25, 2015Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church

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    Dear Friends of Saint Mark,

    A warm welcome to the fourth anniversary of the Feast of Saint Mark Italian Festival. The history of Saint Mark Parish datesback 110 years when the first Italian immigrants arrived in Birmingham and established a Church in the East Thomas District of the City in 1905. Today, Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, which was dedicated in 2003, serves 1,200 households.

    The tradition of celebrating the Feast Day of Saint Mark with an Italian Festival dates back to the early 1920s and has deep roots in the Birmingham community. We are grateful, with your help, this wonderful religious and cultural tradition could be successfully resurrected in 2012. To each and every one of you, thank you for enabling us to continue this tradition.

    Traditions are those things we look forward to celebrating each year and they become something we long for when thingsinevitably change. Traditions are a collection of our most cherished feelings, beliefs, tastes, aromas and sounds, all intertwinedcreating the perfect story that never grows old. More than anything, traditions involve the memories of those around us that wecare most about. This is our hope and prayer as we celebrate the Feast of Saint Mark each year with the Birmingham community.

    My appreciation to the 2015 Organizing Committee, sponsors, vendors, team leaders, volunteers and friends of Saint Mark whohelp make the Feast possible. Thank you for your energies, creativity and resources to assure the religious and cultural traditionswe value live on for a new generation.

    So to every one of our guests, again a warm welcome to the Feast, and thank you for allowing us to be part of your tradition. Our prayer is that your day will be spent in the warm embrace of great food, music, family and friends.

    From all of us at Saint Mark, Hope and Joy!

    Fr. Joe CulottaPastor

    Post Office Box 380396 Birmingham, Alabama 35238-0396 Phone 205.980.1810 Fax 205.980.9208 E-Mail [email protected]

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    TheFtivalSaturday, April 25, 2015 is the fourth annual Feast of Saint Mark Italian Festival in Birmingham, Alabama. After the inaugural event in 2012, the Festival has grown to provide community, food and fun to over 3,000 guests. Come and celebrate the historic Italian heritage and culturewhich played a major role in the development and growth of Birmingham. Its an event you will definitely want to attend with your family andfriends. There are events and activities for everyone.

    The Festival will be held on the grounds of Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church and will begin at 3:30 PM.

    Benvenuti alla Festa di San Marco Italian Festival

    The Feast of Saint Mark Italian Festival

    To recognize and promote the story of our patron - Saint Mark the Evangelist

    To educate and further the understanding of the Catholic Faith

    To be genuine and authentic to the Italian culture in all aspects

    To provide multi-generational rewarding and enriching experiences for all, with consideration to those in need

    To strive for the utmost quality in every aspect of the event

    To be open and accessible to anyone in the community

    To be fiscally responsible

    To create memories for our guests that will in last a lifetime

    To foster a culture of parishioner ownership and volunteerism


    1 Father Joes Welcome Letter

    3 Ginger Scalici Dedication

    4 List of Advertisers

    5 History of Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church

    7 Program of Festival Events & Photo Gallery

    8 Saint Mark the Evangelist Parish Staff

    9 Patrons and Favorite Saints

    12 Monella Family

    20 Arnones Sausage

    28 FOSM2015 Chairmans Letter

    29 FOSM2015 Sponsors

    30-31 Saint Mark the Evangelist Parish Mission & Ministries

    34-37 Italian Recipes

    39 Italian Vacation

    40 Bisacquino: Sicilys Link to Birmingham

    47 The Game Of Bocce

    55 Morra

    56 FOSM2015 Organizing Committee & Participants

    The FOSM is a quality celebration honoring both the PatronSaint of the Parish, as well as the origins of the foundingparishioners who built and grew the original Saint MarkParish.

    The key prinicples that are integral to this annual event are:

    Virginia Ginger Scalici12/5/1957 3/9/2015

    The Feast and Saint Mark Parish lost Ginger Scalici, Parish Secretary,

    this past March. She was an inspiring soul that helped and

    touched many of us here today time after time.

    Ginger and her husband Matt were inspiration for the

    Feast of Saint Mark over five years ago.

    While sitting on a rooftop patio in Downtown Birmingham,

    Ginger told us about the strong Italian community and what it

    meant to the original Saint Mark Parish as well as the City.

    She pointed out buildings where restaurants, stores, and her

    fathers grocery and service station once stood.

    She said the family, faith, and food spirit were aching to be rekindled.

    Ginger was the original cookie-baking organizer

    and has since played a key role assisting with our Feast.

    She was a pillar of our Church community, and

    our go-to person for everything and did it with

    a smile. Ginger did all this not because it was the

    right thing to do, but because she was doing Gods service.

    Please join our Parish and Feast family in honoring and remembering

    Ginger for all that she was and all that she inspired us to do.

    The Feast of Saint Mark Organizing Committee


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    TheAdvertisersPlease show your appreciation to the advertisers listed below by visiting and supporting their businesses or organizations. Dont forget to clip and take the coupons with you for the percentage or money-off offers!


    Alpha Church Supply and Gis 25Vinnie Alonzo 19Americas First Federal Credit Union 19 CAmore Ristorante Italiano 38 CAndrea Traina 6ARC Realty, Christina Rickey 16Arnones Italian Sausage 23Bare Naked Noodles 18Michael Beckenstein, MD, FACS 49 Bellinis Ristorante 33Benchmark 33Buffalo Rock Company 53Burns and Brashier, LLC 17Charles Schwab, Mark Lovoy 13Crestview Memorial Gardens 24 CDanberry at Inverness 19Diamond Golf Cars 11DiPiazza, LaRocca, Heeter & Co, LLC 17Dreamscape 14Eagle Point Golf Club 50Earl Dudley, Inc. 38Edwards Orthodontics 11Enoch & Associates 17Espresso Southeast 23Fiat of Birmingham BCFirst Response 49Frankly Speaking 51 Gameroom Designs 48GeGes Salon 22 CGrade Power 18 CGraffeo Brothers Italian Sausage 53Grays Roofing and Tree Service 42Gunter Oil Company (Shell on 119) 51 CHampton Inn & Suites 10Hartline Financial Advisors 46Holy Family Christo Rey High School 50Isbell Jewelers 6Issis and Sons 22Italian-American Heritage Society 25Joes Italian Pizza, Pasta & Caffe 44


    Knights of Columbus Council 13446 54Knights of Columbus Insurance Mark Stice 18Legacy Cleaners 43 CLloyds Restaurant 51Merrill Lynch, Francis Buchan, CFP, CIMA 10MortgageBanc, Scott McFadden 16 CMotivated Movers 42Mr. Ps Butcher Shop & Deli 52 CNationwide Insurance Tyler Watts & Assoc. 43Nature One Landscape Design 48 CPartners Tax & Accounting, LLC 46Party Time Turner Rental 44Papa Johns IBC CPerformance Cars Cra 43Pest Pro 42Piggly Wiggly of Columbiana 52Primrose School 21Ready, Set, Grow Inc. 46Red Diamond 45RE/MAX Southern Homes -Ben Tamburello 26Renaissance Consignment & Marketplace 6Rosegate Design, Inc. 13Royal Foods 45Saint Mark Columbarium 24Saint Mark Mass Group 8Sain Engineering Associates, Inc. IFCSam Spina Importing Co. Inc. 32Secure Moving, Inc. 27 CServis 1st Bank 26Somerby at St. Vincents One Nineteen 15Sweet Tea Restaurant 15omasino Door & Window, Inc. 13Tamburello Family 50Urban Home Market 6Warren Averett Asset Management 32Welch Hornsby 41Yarbrough Wealth Management

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    TheHistory 1902-2015

    Our Parish has a long history dating back to some of the original Italian immigrants to the Birmingham area. The first Saint Mark Catholic Churchwas built in 1905 in East Thomas near the Ensley area. Reverend John B. Canapa was the first Pastor. The founding parishioners were Italianimmigrants, many who labored in steel mills, stoked furnaces, and mined coal and ore. Some were small farmers or merchants who sold produceand groceries along the City streets.

    As parishioners moved away from the area, the congregation declined, and Saint Mark was closed in 1997. The original building still remains andcan be seen at 1010 16th Avenue West in East Thomas.Upon the closing of Saint Mark, the remaining parish-ioners were promised that a new Saint Mark would bebuilt in Birmingham. Much of the interior was removedwith plans to install it in the future church.

    The location of the new Saint Mark the EvangelistCatholic Church was announced as south and east ofBirmingham. On May 23, 1999, the Feast of

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