As Italians, we brought to the U.S. many customs and traditions, and we keep honoring them as our ancestors used to do. But do we know where those traditions come from? Some of them are quite new, while some others date back to centuries ago.
St. Joseph Table is one of the oldest Italian traditions still celebrated in the U.S. According to the legend, many centuries ago Sicily was devastated by a terrible drought and as a consequence by a famine. The population could only hope for a miracle, and decided to dedicate all the prayers to Saint Joseph, patron of workers and the protector of the family.
Apparently, their prayers were answered, as the rain came, the famine ended, and Sicilians could recover and get back to a normal life. Without ever forgetting the grace received. First of all, they gathered together to pay homage to the Saint that saved them. The wealthiest families provided food for everyone, and since then, the celebration, known as Saint Joseph’s Table, has been repeated every year.
In Italy St. Josephs table was meant for feeding the poor.
Ours will benefit The Bethlehem Center with all proceeds
caring for the poor.
Tickets: $15.00 per person
Date: Sunday March 18th, 2018
Mass: 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Church
Social: 3 p.m. at Sons of Italy
Dinner: 3:30 p.m. at Sons of Italy
Address: 4211 W Goshen Ave. Visalia, CA
Come and Support St. Josephs Table!!
Chicken Dinner and Lentil Soup
Tickets can be purchased at the Parish Office (506 N. Garden St. Visalia, CA 93291)
For more info., call: 559-734-9522