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Roses to fall again

Published September 13. 2012 05:02PM

Once again, roses will fall on Our Mount Carmel Church in Nesquehoning to honor St. Therese Lisieux, the Little Flower of Jesus.

Organized by the St. Francis of Assisi Parish and the 2012 Shower of Roses Committee, the 80th annual Shower of Roses festival will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, on Sunday, Oct. 7.

A Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m., with the crowning of the Rose Queen. A second Mass will be celebrated if needed due to the numbers of people attending. At 2:30 p.m., a procession will wend its way around the Little

Flower development, with the recital of the rosary, a benediction at 4 p.m. and the Shower of Roses at 5 p.m. A variety of ethnic foods will be available at concession stands throughout the day.

The annual festival, which features roses dropped from a helicopter, began in 1932 and was held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel on the first Sunday in October. It grew around the belief that when someone's prayer is answered by St. Therese, that person will smell the fragrance of roses, or find a rose in an unusual place. The belief is thought to have come from St. Therese' promise to send a shower of roses to earth as proof of God's existence. St. Therese was canonized in 1925.

But in 2008, the Allentown Diocese closed Our Lady of Mount Carmel, folding it, along with Sacred Heart and Immaculate Conception churches, into a new church, St. Francis of Assisi. The annual Shower of Roses festival ended, although a smaller one was held on Oct. 3, 2011 at the grotto next to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, with Mass celebrated by the Rev. Father Francis Schoenauer.

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