Celebrate Velika Gospa With St. Jerome
August 3, 2018

The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin will be celebrated by St. Jerome Croatian Catholic Parish on Wednesday, Aug. 15. The event is known as “Velika Gospa” in Croatian. The church, located at 2823 S. Princeton Ave., has celebrated the feast for 112 years, making it the longest running religious feast event in Chicago.

Spiritual preparations begin on Monday, Aug. 6, the first day of a nine-day novena in honor of Mary, at 7 p.m. each evening through Tuesday, Aug. 14. Each Mass will be celebrated by a different priest.

Events will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 10 a.m. with a traditional religious procession that will start on the corner of 28th Street and Princeton Ave. More than 200 people are expected to participate in the procession by walking or by riding on colorful floats. There will be numerous marching bands, members of Croatian organizations and religious organizations, visiting clergy, and business and civic leaders.

The focal point of the procession is the church’s icon of the Blessed Mother, a painting of Our Lady of Sinj, which will be carried on the shoulders of several young men.

The procession will conclude when Our Lady of Sinj returns to the church, where a solemn high Mass will be celebrated at noon. Additional Masses will be celebrated that day at 7:30 and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

On the day of the feast, roasted lamb and pig will be for sale starting at 8 a.m. After the procession, there will be outdoor food tents serving Italian beef and sausage, hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken, clams, pizza, ranznici (shish kabobs), cevapcici (sausage) and fritule (fried dough).

There will be live Croation music throughout the day, with a kolo (Croatian dance). There also will be games and entertainment, bingo, a bar, and a raffle.

For more information, call (312) 842-1871, email VelikaGospa@gmail.com, or log on to www.stjeromecroatian.org.