FEAST OF ST. JOSEPH TABLE OF PLENTY

Plan to attend! Reserve March 19, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on your calendar. RSVP’s will be requested the end of February.

Father Mike and the Pastoral Council are planning this very special celebration. We will need some volunteers to bake festive breads and desserts, to set-up and take down tables, be greeters, servers, or photographer. If you can volunteer for any of these functions, please contact Maribeth Huster at 269-382-5778 or email: mbhuster@aol.com.

WHERE DOES THE FEAST DAY OF ST. JOSEPH ORIGINATE?

 When it comes to patron saints, Joseph is one of the busiest. His patronage extends over the Catholic Church, unborn children, fathers, immigrants, workers, employment, explorers, pilgrims, travelers, carpenters, realtors, against doubt and hesitation, and of a happy death. Joseph is important enough to have two feast days.

On March 19, St. Joseph is honored as spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Western Christianity. On May 1, the Roman Catholic Church honors St. Joseph the Worker with a feast.

 The feast of St. Joseph originated in Sicily during the Middle Ages. According to legend, Sicily was enduring an exceptionally severe drought. No rain fell for an extended period of time. No crops would grow. Countless people died of famine.

 The people prayed to God for rain and to St. Joseph to intercede with God on their behalf. They promised that if God caused it to rain, they would have a special feast honoring Him and St. Joseph.

 God granted the miracle. The rains came and the crops were planted. With the harvest, the people prepared a feast of foods from their crops.

 CELEBRATING THE FEAST OF ST. JOSEPH AT OUR PARISH

 Through the centuries, people who prayed for a favor which was granted, show their thanks with a feast day. On March 19, 2019, our parish will celebrate and honor our patron, St. Joseph, with a special event called St. Joseph’s Table of Plenty.

 St. Joseph’s Table tradition is no easy undertaking. The foods that are placed on the table are symbolic of the legends associated with St. Joseph and the struggles of the Sicilian peasantry. There are breads and pastries, wine, spaghetti, rice, fish, cakes, fruits and vegetables.

 Traditionally, the table is blessed during a Sunday service and the public is invited to view the table. Sometimes there is an intentions table for those who wish to participate and light a candle.

 Here at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Father Mike and the St. Joseph Pastoral Council are planning a very special celebration to honor St. Joseph, and to strengthen our parish community and neighborhood. “The St. Joseph Table of Plenty” will be Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 5-7pm in the Bennett Gym.

 It will be a time for people to visit, share, and build community within the context of a religious celebration. We will pray, eat delicious food prepared by parishioner, Tony Ciluffo, be served at our tables, enjoy fellowship with family, friends, and others. All parishioners are encouraged to come, relax and enjoy yourself. This event is sponsored by the church.

 We will need some volunteers to bake festive breads and desserts, to set-up and take down tables, be greeters, servers, or photographer. If you can volunteer for any of these functions, please contact Maribeth Huster at 269-382-5778 or email: mbhuster@aol.com.

 We will take RSVP’s for this celebration at the end of February. Look for more information next week about our St. Joseph Table of Plenty!