Bishop Celebrates Mass at the Annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival


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Bishop Michael J. Bransfield processes after the conclusion of the Mass he celebrated during the annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival in Wheeling.

By Tim Bishop

WHEELING—For the 11th consecutive year, Bishop Michael J. Bransfield gathered with Catholics of the Northern Panhandle and the tri-state area for his annual celebration of Mass for the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival in Wheeling July 26.

The Mass is held at Heritage Port, on the banks of the Ohio River, and gathers Catholics from all over the surrounding area and is held in conjunction with the festival—one of the largest in the country to celebrate Italian heritage. More than 200 attended the Mass.

“It is a beautiful day to celebrate this Mass and wonderful to see all of you gathered here—so strong in your faith in God,” Bishop Bransfield said.

Bishop Bransfield thanked those in attendance for keeping the annual Mass an intregal part of the festival.

Concelebrating the Mass was Msgr. Frederick P. Annie, V.G. Rev. Mr. Cody Ford served as deacon of the Eucharist and Rev. Mr. Brian Crenwelge served as deacon of the word and offered the homily for the Mass.

The choir for the Mass was made up of musicians from the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling and St. Anthony Parish in Follansbee.