‘St. Joseph’s table’ a feast day tradition

First Posted: 3/22/2013

St. Joseph’s Senior and Social Club set the traditional St. Joseph’s Table in honor of his Feast Day on Thursday, March 21 in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Hall.

“La Tavola di San Guiseppe,” an ancient Italian tradition, began in Sicily in gratitude to St. Joseph for prayers answered in alleviating a severe drought which resulted in countless number of deaths due to famine.

A three-tier altar representing the Holy Trinity and Holy Family was assembled with various foods and staples which will be disturbed to the needy.

The Very Rev. Paul McDonnell, newly-appointed Provincial of the Oblates of St. Joseph, blessed the altar, food and bread. Father Paul and his parents, Shirley and Tom McDonnell, represented the Holy Family. Father Joseph Sibilano, pastor of St. Joseph Marello Parish, celebrated his 48th year of ordination, will offer the benediction.

Members of the club and attendees named Joseph or Josephine were recognized in honor of their feast day. Mrs. Josephine Lazzari was be given special recognition for her 100th birthday.

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