Monday, June 6, 2011

Request For Pictures

If anyone has pictures from the Madonna Del Roseto Celebration and/or Feast please e-mail them to us if you would like to have them posted on the website.

Madonna del Roseto Celebration and Feast

Madonna celebration went beautifully today. Thanks to all society members, Our Lady of Calvary, and most importantly Sister Mildred for all her continuing service.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


There were 21 members that attended the November meeting.

The Christmas Luncheon was discussed.  It will take place at the Yardley
Country Club on Dec. 12th

The bake sale that was supposed to take place in November had to be cancelled.

The dedication for the plaque won't be until sometime in February or March.  We will give everyone plenty of notice.

So far this year there are three pages for the 2011 feast:  Ryan Haftman, Anthony Forgione and William McElwee. 

We discussed a bus trip sometime next year and or a super 50-50 in order to raise some money.  Any suggestions will be considered.

The meeting for January was cancelled due to inclement weather.  The next meeting will take place on February 13th, 2011 in the bottom church after the 12:15 mass at Our Lady of Calvary Church.  All are invited.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Current Committee Members 2010

Mr. Tim Eberhardt (President)

Mrs. Pat Colella (Secretary)

Mrs. Marion Manco (Treasurer)

Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Abbamondi
Mrs. Vince Barrilli
Mrs. Marian Abbruzzi
Ms. Lucille Coe
Mr. Nick Forgione
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Forgione
Mr. Dante Guerra
Mrs. Louise Lobrera
Mr. & Mrs. Luigi Iuliano
Mr. & Mrs. Louis Larovere
Mrs. Eva Girone
Mrs. Bernadette Manco
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph McPhillips
Ms. Theresa McPhillips
Mrs. Maria Ranieri
Ms. Eileen Ziegler
Ms. Donna Ziegler

Madonna Del Roseto Society Meeting Dates

Remainder of 2010:
  • September 12th
  • October 17th
  • November 14th
  • December TBD*
First half of 2011:
  • January 9th
  • February 13th
  • March 13th
  • April 10th
  • May 15th
The feast day will be Sunday, June 5th, 2011.

All meetings will take place in the lower church at Out Lady of Calvary parish, 11024 Knights Road, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19114 following the conclusion of the 12:00 p.m. Mass. You must attend three (3) of nine (9) meetings in a calendar year to be eligible to vote on society issues. We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at these meetings.

*The December meeting will be replaced with the Christmas luncheon.

Meeting Minutes for September 12th, 2010


Welcome back to our committee and hope everyone had a great summer. A financial report was read and after all bill were paid, the balance, as of July 31st, 2010, is $3,470.75.

Final touches are being done on the Memorial plaque as we meet. We will ask Fr. Paul for a dedication mass sometime in November 2010. 

The Christmas Club luncheon this year will be at the Yardley Country Club. Phil Forgione will set the date later this month. 

Everyone loved the new hall this year and we have already voted to have it again at the same place. A deposit of $100.00 was already sent to secure the date.

We have three pages this year: Ryan Haftman, William McElwee, and Anthony Forgione. We do not have a crowner as of yet. We do have one for 2012: Annie Girone, granddaughter of Eva Girone.

We will be having a cake/bake sale in November 2010.

We will meet again on November 14th, 2010 after the conclusion of the 12:00 Mass.



History of the Madonna Del Roseto

The abbey stands majestically. Protecting the small village and the green mountains which rise at the shoulders of Solopaca. The abbey has long been revered as the spiritual life of the people. It was built in such a way that each morning it would be lit by the rays of the rising sun, and each evening the facade would be bathed from the rays of the setting sun. This is the abbey which houses the statue of the Madonna Del Roseto.

The history of the abbey itself dates as far back as 1214 A.D. Throughout its existence, multiple natural disasters, including earthquakes, caused severe damage to the abbey. Each time, the people from the small village of Solopaca would rebuild the abbey. On June 5th, 1805, a massive earthquake almost completely destroyed the abbey. Miraculously, the alter and the statue of the Madonna were left intact. The statue of the Madonna was then carried for the first time on the shoulders of the people down the mountain into Solopaca, where she would be housed in the church of St. Mauro. As years went by, the statue was neglected, but Mary's love for her people never ended.

In 1844, the celestial virgin once more showed her love for the people of Solopaca. The village was in the midst of a great drought. Wheat fields struggled in the sun, well dried up, and water in general was all but non-existent. The people turned to the Madonna Del Roseto for help. They carried the statue in a procession back to the top of the sacred mountain in May, the month dedicated to Mary. The people arrived at the ruins of the abbey, and placed the statue of the Madonna on what remained of the alter. The people prayed and made a solemn vow to rebuild the destroyed abbey if she, through her Son, would grant an end to the drought that had plagued Solopaca. After expressing such a vow with open hearts, the villagers began to bring the statue back down the mountain. During the descent, the villagers' gaze ascended to the skies. They noticed the closer that returned to the village, the larger and darker the clouds became. It was close to noon when a small wind began to blow. With the name of Mary on their lips, and the statue on their shoulders, the people hurried back to Solopaca. No sooner did the Madonna reach the alter at St. Mauro's, the skies opened up and a torrential down pour swept through the valley. The drought had ended. The harvest, as told to us by our elders, had never been better. The villagers were in reverence of the Madonna. As promised, the church was rebuilt. The Madonna was once again returned to the Abbey of Roseto.

Since that time, in commemoration of Mary's love for her people, the Madonna is carried on the shoulders of the faithful in a procession down the mountain into the town on the first Sunday in June. A feast is also celebrated in her honor. Subsequently, on the first Sunday in September, she is carried back to the Abbey of Roseto where she can watch over the village of Solopaca.

Since then, people from Solopaca have immigrated to the United States.To maintain their tradition for Mary, they decided to install a replica of the Madonna in their new land. The Madonna Del Roseto was installed in the Saint Michael of the Saints parish in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1938. It took several years and sacrifice by this group of Italian immigrants to raise enough money to install the replica of the Madonna. The traditions associated with the Madonna continue to be observed the first Sunday of June annually. The Madonna currently resides in Our Lady of Calvary Church, where favors in her name are still being received.