Congregation members begin to tow the statue of St. Elia during a procession at the 106th St. Elia celebration outside St. Alphonsus Church in southwest Fresno Sunday. The event is held every year to celebrate the patron saint of the village of Maschito, Italy – the hometown of a number of Italian immigrants who arrived in Fresno between 1880 and 1920. The procession, which continued for several blocks around the church and featured the Bullard High jazz band, was held after a special Mass. A celebratory dinner was scheduled for the congregation at Valdez Hall in Fresno.
Congregation members begin to tow the statue of St. Elia during a procession at the 106th St. Elia celebration outside St. Alphonsus Church in southwest Fresno Sunday. The event is held every year to celebrate the patron saint of the village of Maschito, Italy – the hometown of a number of Italian immigrants who arrived in Fresno between 1880 and 1920. The procession, which continued for several blocks around the church and featured the Bullard High jazz band, was held after a special Mass. A celebratory dinner was scheduled for the congregation at Valdez Hall in Fresno. CRAIG KOHLRUSS ckohlruss@fresnobee.com
Congregation members begin to tow the statue of St. Elia during a procession at the 106th St. Elia celebration outside St. Alphonsus Church in southwest Fresno Sunday. The event is held every year to celebrate the patron saint of the village of Maschito, Italy – the hometown of a number of Italian immigrants who arrived in Fresno between 1880 and 1920. The procession, which continued for several blocks around the church and featured the Bullard High jazz band, was held after a special Mass. A celebratory dinner was scheduled for the congregation at Valdez Hall in Fresno. CRAIG KOHLRUSS ckohlruss@fresnobee.com

Southwest Fresno church holds annual St. Elia celebration

September 18, 2016 4:58 PM