On Sunday, March 19, immediately after the 11:00 a.m. Mass, we will have our third annual St. Joseph’s Table. Those not attending that particular Mass but wishing to participate in the procession should gather in the narthex at 12:00 p.m. There will be a procession with the St. Joseph Statue carried throughout the church, into the narthex and ending in the Parish Hall. The litany to St. Joseph will be prayed followed by the blessing of the food.
A meatless pasta meal will then be served, buffet style. All are invited to bring a dessert dish to pass. You may bring your dessert to the Parish Hall anytime on Sunday morning after 8:30 a.m. and put it on the dessert table. Please make sure you put your name on the bottom of any dishes you wish returned.
The origin of the St. Joseph Table goes back to Sicily, many centuries ago, where there was a famine. The villagers prayed to St. Joseph and asked his intercession before God. Their prayers were answered and to show their gratitude, the villagers prepared a huge buffet and invited everyone, including the homeless and sick, to join in the feast. This is a beautiful custom and provides an opportunity to show our gratitude to God, especially for all that we have received through the intercession of St. Joseph. A free will offering will benefit our St. Vincent de Paul Society to assist in their ministry to those in need.