Welcome/Bem-vindo to our 100th Annual Celebration
July 31 - August 3, 2014

100th President of the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

Larry Abreu Jacques

Welcome to the 100th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament!

My association with the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament began before my first year as a Festeiro in 1988. It starts with my Grandfather Francisco L. Pereira who served in 1943 continuing with my Father Antonio Abreu who served in 1950.
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Madeira Field - 50 Madeira Ave New Bedford, MA 02746

100th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament planning is already in progress!

Counting down to the opening of the 100th annual event and planning for the Feast has already started. Committees have been identified and members lined up. Entertainment, parade, raffle, vendors and other committees are starting to meet. READ MORE!

David Lucio (First Vice President), Don Neves (Second Vice President)

Mayor Jon Mitchell (City of New Bedford)

Larry Abreu Jacques (President)

Greater New Bedford Regional Voc-Tech was the recipient of a $10,000 donation from the Club Madeirense S.S. Sacramento and the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament. Read More.

FEAST OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT TOUR

Latest Activity

Feast of the Blessed Sacrament posted a blog post

We want your ideas for the 100th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament!

What would you like to see happen for the 100th!  We want to know!  Tell us what would make the 2014 Feast of the Blessed Sacrament the best feast ever!Submit your suggestions here!See More
Jan 16
Rebecca Rebelo commented on Feast of the Blessed Sacrament's blog post What Can We Do Better?
"I love the feast an think everyone does a great job i grew up right across the st from the feast an hve been going for yrs.Good food great friends and great times keep up the good work an yes lets make 100 yrs the best feast ever! i hear they might…"
Aug 16, 2013
William Teixeira commented on charles jorge, jr.'s blog post considering the return for the 100th year celebration
"Hay Guys God willing I shall return if I am still around. What a thrill it will be to see old friends and Madieran Brothers.  Keep in touch for have many members who write to me from all over. Hay Charlie thought you retired?? Give our Best to…"
Aug 9, 2013
Jesse Baptista commented on Janet "Baptista" Courter's blog post In Loving Memory of my Dad, John Baptista. He was proud of the feast and his Portuguese Heritage. Thinking of you.
"BROTHER JOHN ! GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN !  MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE !"
Aug 8, 2013
PETE KUZAK commented on charles jorge, jr.'s blog post considering the return for the 100th year celebration
"Charlie   I wish you would. We have missed you. I have no idean why you left, and it's none of my business-  but you would certainly be welcomed back.  The club remains a "priesthood" where women are welcomed to…"
Aug 6, 2013
tracy rose posted a blog post

            my grandfather Joseph Alfonso ,was one of the immigrant men started the feast ,,with three other men ,,the boat was very shaky and they all agreed if they made it here safely ,they would …

            my grandfather Joseph Alfonso ,was one of the immigrant men started the feast ,,with three other men ,,the boat was very shaky and they all agreed if they made it here safely ,they would start this feast ,,Thank God my aunt (who was on the boat with them ,is stil alive to tell the story today See More
Aug 5, 2013
charles jorge, jr. posted a blog post

considering the return for the 100th year celebration

I've been away since 1990 , I've had enough time to sort out over and over the reasons for such a long absence and have decided today to put it all in back of me and give it a go again. Especially since we are about to celebrate our 100th anniversary. What better time is it for the return, and my daughter who just loves the feast, said today, Dad I would like you to serve on the 100th anniversary so I have the memories to keep with me. Although the first meeting is Sunday evening 8:00pm, I will…See More
Aug 5, 2013
Kelsey Bergeron posted a blog post

Photos

So the photographers running around the feast this year must have captured some great pictures. When will the 2013 pictures be up on the webpage?See More
Aug 5, 2013
Steve Pimentel posted a blog post
Aug 5, 2013
Kryzténa Ana Fragata commented on Feast of the Blessed Sacrament's blog post Meet & Greet everclear at the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament
"I love running into all my friends and partying my ass off.  Last year I was pleasantly surprised by the addition of vodka & maracuja sumol LMAO"
Aug 3, 2013
Mary Teixeira Pawlich commented on Feast of the Blessed Sacrament's blog post Meet & Greet everclear at the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament
"I am looking forward to the feast this year. Also very proud of my nephew/godson who is the President (Jeff Coutinho)his grandfather would be very proud of him too."
Aug 3, 2013
Carol Medeiros commented on Feast of the Blessed Sacrament's blog post Meet & Greet everclear at the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament
"Thank you for the new bathrooms, love them. I did not like the band last night (Everclear), too heavy metal for me."
Aug 3, 2013

Opening Day of the Feast

The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament commences Thursday, August 1st, 2013 with the assembly of the Festeiros (Feast Committee Members) at the intersection of Earle Street and Acushnet Avenue. Led by the Feast President, the Festeiros march in a special procession down Earle Street to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church which is located at the corner of Earle Street and Madeira Avenue. At the church, Father Daniel O. Reis celebrates a special Benediction to the Blessed Sacrament.

The sincere best wishes of the church are then bestowed upon the Festeiros and the Club Madeirense S. S. Sacramento, Inc. for hosting the Feast and for contributing to the well being of the entire community. The Festeiros also receive the church’s blessing and are reminded to pay homage to the Feast’s religious origins honoring the Blessed Sacrament. Following the Benediction, the Festeiros march to the memorial area at Madeira Field where they honor the original founders of the Feast and initiate the opening ceremonies. Since its beginning in 1915, this feast has celebrated the rich culture of the Portuguese people and in particular the heritage of the people of Madeira, a Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean.

Entertainment

ENTERTAINMENT:  
Continuous live entertainment on three stages featuring top
name entertainment plus cabaret style music and Fado singers in
the quiet atmosphere of the Courtyard Café at the Museum of
Madeiran Heritage. Full entertainment schedule will be posted
soon on the website  www.PortugueseFeast.com

FOOD & DRINK:
Traditional Madeiran Portuguese dinner with numerous menu choices for full dinners in the main pavilion.  Cook-you-own barbecue beef (carne d’espeto), sweet malassadas (fried dough)plus linguica (sausage) and baccalau (codfish) sandwiches. Hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries.  Madeira wine imported in giant casks by special agreement with the Madeiran Government.

SPECIAL:    
Kids day and half-price senior specials on Saturday afternoon- Saturday, Free admission to the Museum of Madeiran Heritage, 5K road race (cash prizes- entry form on website), largest and longest parade in New Bedford starting at Brooklawn Park, traditional folk dances, family oriented carnival midway, street vendors and much more!


PARADE:
The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament will host its annual parade on Sunday, in the City of New Bedford. The parade will start at 2 p.m.
Over forty different organizations will march the one mile route
from Brooklawn Park to the Feast grounds at Madeira Field.

 

Blog Posts

We want your ideas for the 100th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament!

What would you like to see happen for the 100th!  We want to know!  Tell us what would make the 2014 Feast of the Blessed Sacrament the best feast ever!

Submit your suggestions here!

Posted by Feast of the Blessed Sacrament on January 16, 2014 at 7:42pm

 
 
 

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