dicembre 2017
Neighborhood News 2017 is sponsored by:
Christmas dinner for the homeless
Monday, December 18th - 12 noon to 3 pm, Saint Leo's church hall. Join in the festivities to serve approximately 325 meals to our community's underprivileged. Bring an apron and a smile! Donations of pies are very welcome so enough dessert is available for all. Volunteers are fed a complimentary hot meal after. This annual event is hosted by Saint Anthony Society of Saint Leo's Church.
save the date for 2018
A Taste of Italy

Sunday, April 29, 2018
1-5 pm
Little Italy Lodge

This annual event offers an afternoon of delicious Italian food, vino, and dancing as it benefits  La Famiglia Scholarship Fund  of Little Italy Lodge Order Sons of Italy #2286. Always a sellout! For more information or to purchase an ad in the program booklet, email Maureen gmchandler133@gmail.com .
$12,000 to be awarded
in scholarships

In 2018, Little Italy Lodge La Famiglia Scholarship program will be awarding four scholarships totaling $12,000: two $4,000 and two $2,000 awards. Eligible members of Little Italy Lodge and their families are encouraged to apply. The scholarship program benefits those desiring to continue their education at an accredited college or university.
Applications are available at the lodge, on its website and its facebook page . Applications are available in the Lodge, on the Lodge website, and on its Facebook page. Deadline is May 1, 2018 and awards will be announced August 2018.
For more information, contact Tony Verdecchia, 410-592-2599 or ajverdecchia1@comcast.net .
in and around Little Italy
Buon Natale!
Join us for Christmas Mass at Saint Leo the Great Catholic Church

Saturday, December 23
  • No 8 am morning Mass
  • 4:30 pm (for 4th Sunday of Advent)

Sunday, December 24
  • 9:30 & 11:30 am Masses (for 4th Sunday of Advent)
  • 4 pm Mass (for Christmas Eve), the Children’s Mass
  • 6:30 pm Mass 
  • 12 am Midnight Mass

Monday, December 25
9:30 am Mass
  • ASSISTANCE NEEDED: As per the agreement between Saint Leo’s Church and the Little Italy campus of Stratford University, as they graciously allow the continued use of their parking lot, Saint Leo’s is now required to close the lot upon completion of Sunday Masses. Therefore, the parish staff is looking for parishioners whom most frequently attend the 11:30 am Mass to close the parking lot after Mass. If you are interested in assisting sometimes with this task, contact Rob Daniels, 443-307-7804 or StLeoFacilitiesMD@gmail.com.

  • UPDATE: The national office of Order Sons of Italy (OSIA) in America has recently approved the option for state and local lodges to use the updated name: Order Sons & Daughters of Italy in America (OSDIA) in communications and promotional materials. The corporate identity and registration status of OSIA will remain unchanged, however, the use of the alternate designation will better reflect the broader demographic of today’s membership base.

  • The annual Columbus Parade & Commemoration, planned and celebrated by Baltimore's Italian community, has enjoyed 126 consecutive years. For the previous seven years, it has been chaired by Al Massa. For 2018, Al has turned over the parade reins to John Pica, who is excited to begin and has called the first committee meeting. He invites those of you who are interested in becoming a part of this new and festive parade planning. Bring your good ideas - and bring a friend!
  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018 -- 6:00 pm
  • Little Italy Lodge, 905 E. Pratt Street, Little Italy

  • Jacksonville Senior Center’s annual TRAIN GARDEN includes a Little Italy village depicting several miniaturized Little Italy landmarks. On display at 3605-A Sweet Air Road in Jacksonville, Maryland, the train garden includes various villages representing other Baltimore area attractions as well, such as Ladew Gardens and Ocean City. Hours: open daily December 11-29 between 11 am - 3 pm. Extended hours 11 am to 5 pm Saturdays. There is no charge to visit the garden, however, donations are appreciated. Below is a depiction of the Little Italy bocce courts and Saint Leo's Church featured in the train garden. [photos courtesy Tony Montcalmo]

blast from the past
submitted by Deborah Sullivan
Baltimore, Maryland

"I had recently found this [top] photo that includes my great-grandmother, Angeline Derenzi , who was born in Italy and grew up in Baltimore's Little Italy. At one time, she and her husband, Harry , lived at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Eden Street. Angeline is seated in the first row, third from left. I knew she once had been a tailor, yet I had only ever visualized my great-grandmother as a housewife and mother, especially cooking in the kitchen. It was very exciting to see her in this photo, to know she had been a 'working woman' when she was younger. The other family photo is from 1978 that includes my great grandmother, too."

Pictured left to right:  Antoinette Derenzi Genco, Dolly Fullano Pilker, Bonnie Pilker Lancaster, Angeline Derenzi, Debbie Pilker Sullivan, Rose Derenzi Fullano
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Josephine DiNenna ’s daughter, Lois Rutherford , sent in her mother’s photo, taken on Josephine's 100th birthday. 

"On January 10, she will be 102 years old! My parents were very active members at Saint Leo’s Church in their day. My father was Ernest DiNenna , he owned the Tutti Frutti Ice Cream Company in Little Italy for over 60 years."

~ Lois Rutherford
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2017 newsletter sponsors

Promotion Center for Little Italy

Suzanna Molino
Communications Coordinator & Founder

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.