Blessing of the Fleet

Blessing of the Fleet

May 3rd 2014 Saturday @ 9:30am

The Blessing of the Fleet is a centuries-old tradition originating in southern European, predominantly Catholic, fishing communities. A blessing from the local priest was meant to ensure a safe and bountiful season.

In most ports, the event was brought by immigrants who held strongly to their Catholic religious beliefs. The events that are part of the ritual vary by community and range from a simple ceremony to a multi-day festival including a Catholic mass, Parades, Pageantry, Dancing, Feasting and Contests.

The tradition of the blessing of the fleet is widely spread along the eastern seaboard of the United States.

 Chris Benson and Judy Richie are the Host’s. 

Please RSVP by April 30th 2014, by 9:00pm.  If there are not enough boats and people the event will be cancelled.  This is a beautiful event, after the blessing there will be a brunch with Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa’s, and most important Blessings for the year.

Please bring a side dish to go with the brunch!

RSVP to Chris Benson-chrisb.12@netzero.com

Any questions contact Cindy Cole.

727-408-0603