On Sunday morning, March 17th, after the 10:00 Mass, the Ladies Auxiliary will present a St. Joseph’s Altar. The St. Joseph’s Altar is a 200 year old tradition of Sicilians that lives on today. It is told that in the 18th Century there was an extended drought that led to a famine. The people prayed to their patron, St. Joseph. Finally, the rains came and the crops were abundant. In thanksgiving, the people built a three tiered Altar and filled it with food in honor of St. Joseph. After prayers of thanksgiving and a blessing, the food was distributed to the poor.
The tradition was brought to the U.S. by Sicilian immigrants who held the celebration in their homes. Today, the St. Joseph Altar is celebrated in parish churches. Sara Jean Brooklere brings this traditional event to St. Patrick’s and she chairs our committee.
You may view the Altar beginning at 9:00 A.M. on Sunday before Mass in the St. Joseph’s Hall. After Mass, there will be a blessing of the Altar by Father Vernon followed by a brief history of the Altar. Then all are welcome to sample the array of fine foods.