marzo 2018
around the neighborhood
Another RAVIOLI DINNER in the books! Hundreds of diners flocked to Saint Leo's semi-annual Ravioli & Spaghetti Dinner March 4, while dozens more took advantage of carryout service. The event served approximately 1,400 meals and netted approximately $12,000 for the parish. Grazie a tutti to all attendees - and devoted volunteers who served - for your fantastic support of Saint Leo's parish!

Uh-oh ... missed this dinner? Don't cry over your meatballs!
Save the date for the second Ravioli Dinner ,
Sunday, November 4, 2018.
Saint Leo's ITALIAN FESTIVAL planning is underway and is looking to grow its VOLUNTEER EMAIL LIST to ensure enough volunteers are assigned during the festivals. If you would like to add your email address so you, too, can hear about specific volunteer duties and shift times for the two summer Italian Festivals, click the button below ...
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Baltimore City critiques plans for Hilton's hotel in Little Italy
Lantern & Headdress Workshop
a free afternoon of costume & lantern-making hosted by Neighborhood Lights Little Italy

Sunday, March 25 
1:30 - 3:30 pm
Little Italy Lodge
Spring session of Pandola Learning Center has begun! Hurry to get in on the class of your choice: Italian language, cooking, cultural and more fun, affordable, and informative classes!
Join Saint Leo's parish in its traditional Outdoors Station of the Cross on Good Friday - and other Masses and services during Holy Week.
PASTA SALE!

SAINT LEO'S EARNS 40% OF YOUR PURCHASE!

This online pasta fundraiser benefits an air-conditioning upgrade for the church building. Help to meet its $2,000 goal!

dozens of OTHER sports & hobbies shapes available!
dozens of OTHER animal & collegiate shapes available!
Saint Joseph’s Day Table on display
4th annual
Saint Joseph Table
March 17 - 25
FREE event - stop by to see it!

Saint Leo's continues the tradition of the Saint Joseph Table which originated in Sicily in the Middle Ages. During a severe drought, the Sicilians prayed to their patron saint, Saint Joseph, for relief. When the rains began, the people prepared a special table in gratitude that held an assortment of foods from their harvest. These tables, or altars, also offered traditional cookies & cakes, bread baked in symbolic Christian symbols, assorted confections, fruit, wine, fava beans, and beautiful decorations of candles, figurines and flowers. After paying homage to Saint Joseph, the food was distributed to those less fortunate and Saint Joseph's Day was born.
Saint Joseph’s Day Feast 
Saturday, March 24
(after 4:30 Mass)
$10 - Church Hall

Contact Tina D at 410-539-0718 or  tinadef@aol.com . Tickets must be purchased in advance.
blast from the past
The neighborhood boys in front of the former Luge's Restaurant (now Sabatino's); photo by Tom Scilipoti published in
from our email box
" I’m in the process of doing my family tree and looking for information and photos. I have learned that my Aunt Mary Varsalona volunteered at the Saint Leo's Orphanage. If anyone knew of her please let me know."
~ Carmetta (email here)

"I have recently moved from Maryland to Delaware and asked if I could still receive your newsletter. Thankfully, I was told 'of course!' [The Promotion Center for Little Italy logo of the] rowhouses ... is so colorful and so well done, and of course, reminds me of many good times there. We still try to come down for some special occasions, and of course, to hear our nephews - Mixed Company (the younger Monaldis), and certainly Frank, our brother in law - The Original Monaldi Brothers - play his drums. Thank you for all you do to keep Little Italy alive and safe!!!"
~ Carol Johnson in Delaware

Promotion Center for Little Italy

EDITOR:
Suzanna Molino
Director & Founder

EDITORIAL ADVISOR:
Ray Alcaraz





Promotion Center for Little Italy, Baltimore is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization established in 2010 with a mission to promote Little Italy's events,
community organizations, history and Italian heritage.

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