Santo Ippolito was martyred for his
Catholic faith in the year 258 A.D at
Ostia, near Rome during the
persecution of Valerian, Emperor of
The modern village of San Ippolito
was originally called Napoli Piccola or
“Little Naples” because of its natural
resemblance to the modern city of
Naples. It is a small town near
Cosenza in Calabria, Italy.
In the early nineteenth century, a
terrible earthquake devastated San
Ippolito. Almost the entire population
and prominent buildings were
destroyed, except for the church of
Santo Ippolito. When survivors saw
that not one stone of the church had
been touched they accepted this as a
heavenly sign and changed the name
of the city to that of Santo Ippolito.
They vowed to pay the saint special
honors annually on his feast day of
August 13th if he would pray for them
and deliver them from other
catastrophes. The people kept their
promise, and every year in the month
of August they celebrate the Santo
Ippolito Festival for three days
throughout their town.
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*All monies collected during mass, pinning on the statue, tables, raffle and games goes
directly to the St. Ippolito Society to defer cost associated with sponsoring the festival.
All board members are volunteers and receive no compensation for their time and effort.
Mass begins at 12:00 PM
Celebrated by Most Rev. Earl Boyea
The Procession will follow immediately after Mass
The St. Ippolito Festival is held at:
Sts. Cornelius & Cyprian Catholic Church
1320 Catholic Church Road
Leslie, MI 49251
Sunday, August 9, 2015
Please be respectful and quiet during the Mass
Please do not begin eating until the Procession is over
Raffle Tickets will be sold at 1:30PM
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1 Table and 8 Chairs are available for $30.00, payable at the time you pick up your table and chairs
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