Each year tens of thousands of people come to St. Rocco's Parish in Glen Cove to experience "The Best Feast in the East". They come from hundreds of miles away to taste our famous sausage and pepper sandwiches and the many delicious meals lovingly prepared in our Pasta Restaurant where homemade pasta, meatballs, tripe, eggplant and many other mouth watering Italian specialties are served. In addition, there is a wide variety of food vendors offering an assortment of delicious eats that are guaranteed to satisfy the most discerning pallets.
If you are still not full, you can stroll over to the Pastry Pavilion where delicious Italian pastries, Belgium waffles, espresso, cappuccino, homemade ice cream and much more are served under the stars while live, nightly entertainment fills the air with music and dance and where friends, family and strangers alike come to enjoy and admire the beauty of St. Rocco Plaza.
Our family-friendly midway has many thrilling and fun-filled rides and games for children of all ages. Benches are provided throughout the midway for parents to relax as their children enjoy the many rides and games that are available. There are prizes for everyone! Additionally, our craft vendors sell a full variety of items for your shopping pleasure. If you enjoy games of chance, exciting Bell Jar, 50/50 daily raffles and a whopping $20,000 Cash Raffle is yours for the taking.
Masses are held 6:30 pm Tuesday thru Friday. On Saturday, there is a 4:00 pm Mass. Folks can also participate in religious prayer services and Recitation of the Holy Rosary on various evenings.
The traditional Procession of Saint Rocco, our Patron Saint, follows the 10:15 am Family Mass on Sunday. The statue of St. Rocco is carried throughout the streets of the community. During the course of the Procession, we visit the sick and homebound and our Pastor blesses them with the relic of St. Rocco. Medals are distributed, songs are sung and prayers are recited throughout the entire Procession. Many of those who wish to express their devotion to Saint Rocco follow barefoot and fasten monetary offerings to the Saint. The entire neighborhood participates by providing cold drinks and spiritual support to the many men, woman and children who take part in the 3-hour Procession.
Finally, and most important of all, is the Church of St. Rocco as the centerpiece for this wonderful celebration. This beautiful Church is a great sanctuary for those who want to refresh their souls and pray for their special intentions. Candles can be lit to one of the many Saints in our Chapel of the Saints.
You won't want to forget to say hello to Fr. Elias Mathew Carr, Pastor of The Church of St. Rocco. This dedicated, caring man truly represents what The Church of St. Rocco and its people stand for.