This is specially for “Sig. Nonloso”, who posted photos of a procession of the Madonna in Sant’ Elena.
The older members of congregation of St Joseph’s Church, Atherton are, in the main, originally from the south of Italy: Calabria and Sicily. They used to carry the statue by hand for the parade after the mass. But, time has taken its toll, the men of the congregation have grown older, so in typical Queensland fashion, a ute (pick-up truck) is roped into the task.
The gentleman who drove the truck said that in his homeland (Calabria), you had to park very early or walk many kilometers to get to the mass and parade.
There was a band, and afternoon tea was served at the priest’s residence following the mass and parade.
Here is the statue being carried from the church.
Part of the parade and prayers to the Madonna.