Parish celebrates St. Joseph with traditional altar

The Catholic faith, Sicilian and Italian food, and friendship came together at Our Lady of Sorrows Church on March 16 when the feast of St. Joseph was celebrated ahead of the March 19 feast day. More than 150 people gathered for dinner at the foot of a detailed St. Joseph Altar. It was created to honor the patron saint of the Universal Church. The altar featured statues representing Jesus, Mary, and Joseph and pictures of saints as well as loaves of bread shaped in Christian images, eggs, pasta, fresh fruit and vegetables, wine, candles, and flowers. The dinner followed the 5 p.m. Mass celebrated by Father Bob Sullivan, pastor. Father Bob blessed the St. Joseph Altar, food, and guests with holy water. Parishioners brought and shared meatless dishes including salmon, pasta, casseroles, deviled eggs, salad, vegetable platters, and an array of desserts. Special intentions were welcomed and free will monetary donations were collected for the Catholic Center of Concern. The St. Joseph Altar originated in Sicily to thank St. Joseph for interceding to end drought and famine. The chairs of the tradition at the parish were Marie Swift, Claudia Tombrello, and Fran Robertson who were aided by an able group of other church members.