Our Holy Spirit Festival celebration is held every May. Your family and friends will be able to enjoy games, international food, live entertainment and a raffle on Festival Sunday. A procession will be led by the Grand Marshals, through the festival to the church and culminates at the 12:30 p.m. Mass and Coronation of the new years Festival Queen.
Various Parade Photos from over the years!
This festival includes a festival queen.
Honor Maid - Paula Raeside / 1st Side Maid - Clara Rivera / 2nd Side Maid - Angelina Paglieri
The queen’s role is symbolic. She represents the parish community and the virtues of St. Queen Isabel of Portugal, whose life was devoted to the Holy Spirit and the poor. In the early years, the queen was chosen by lottery. Now it is the responsibility of the pastor. Each year, he chooses a girl from a family who is active and devoted to the parish. After serving as a side maid for two years, she becomes queen. The pastor also selects another girl as honor maid, who serves for one year. The role of the honor maid is to carry the Festival Queen’s bouquet during the procession while the Queen carries the crown and scepter.
The chairman of our Festival Committee has either been selected by the members of the committee, or appointed by the pastor or has volunteered for the position. The first known chairman was Antone Duarte Lewis, Sr. On a trip to his native Azores Islands, he purchased the festival crown and scepter, and donated it to the church in 1912. The chairman helps coordinate with all the other committee members whose responsibilities help create the festival.
Our 132st Pentecost Festival celebration begins with the Presentation Ball in our Parish Center. An evening affair in which the year’s Festival Queen, and her court are presented to the parish community. The Senior Court along with their male escorts are also introduced. There is a theme of the ball chosen by the incoming Queen for the new year.
Festival 2018 presents an evening affair, This year’s Festival Queen, Clara Rivera and her court will be introduced to the Holy Spirit Parish community. The Honor and Senior court is made up of 32 young people. This festive event is the start of our 132st Parish Festival year.