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St. Rocco’s Feast

The “Little Italy of Long Island” held its 76th annual “Best Feast in the East” earlier this month. The turnout this year was bigger than ever as Glen Cove celebrated this authentic six-day Italian feast, where folks from near and far enjoyed the festivities and many worshiped in the Diocese of Rockville Center’s National Italian Parish to honor the church’s patron saint, St. Rocco.  

Feast preparations began in the winter, headed by Father Elias Carr, Pastor and Chairman Reggie Spinello, along with many volunteers who regularly give of their time and talents to help make this feast the “Best Feast in the East”. 


Available in the church every evening, many feast goers chose to nourish their soul by praying silently, participating in the recitation of the Holy Rosary, praying Vespers along with the Canons or meditating in silence to any one of the numerous saints who make the Church of St. Rocco their home.  


People traveled great lengths to dine in the Madonna Room-turned-Italian restaurant on homemade food prepared by the parish’s own nonnas (grandmas). Their personal Italian specialties are something everyone looks forward to for months at a time, and they came through to delight the taste buds once again this year.