St. Joseph Altar: Parish Celebrations 2018
Centuries ago, there was a famine in Sicily. The villagers prayed to St. Joseph to save them and their prayers were answered — ending the drought. In thanksgiving, the villagers prepared a feast in commemoration of the saint. Thus, St. Joseph’s Altar tradition was born.
Near the feast day of St. Joseph, March 19, parishes and families across the diocese prepare their own St. Joseph’s Altar filled with meatless foods. Here are some of them.
The Blessed Sacrament, 780 Porter St., Beaumont, St. Joseph Altar is March 18 after the 8 a.m. Mass. The meal is dine in only. For more information call (409) 833-6089.
The St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 700 Jefferson St., Beaumont, St. Joseph’s Day Spaghetti Lunch is March 16, 11 a.m.-2p.m., at the Cathedral Center. Delivery is available for 15 or more orders going to one location. A drive through will be available for to-go orders. The meals feature pasta Milanese, Courville’s fried fish, Italian vegetables, bread and dessert. Dine in and take out are available. Cookies will also be available for purchase. Meal and cookie order forms are available at the St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica Office. For more information, call (409) 833-6433.
The Our Lady of Victory, 225 W. Barkley, Sour Lake, St. Joseph Altar is March 18 at noon after the 10:45 a.m. Mass. The celebration will include a Tupa Tupa ceremony. The meal is dine in only. For more information, call (409) 287-3287.
The St. Mary, 912 West Cherry, Orange, St. Joseph Altar is March 18 at 10:30 a.m. It begins with praying the Chaplet at 10:30 a.m. At 11 a.m. is the blessing of the Altar followed by the serving of the saints and then serving the guests. The meals include pasta Milanese, baked fish, fried and baked vegetables, stuffed artichokes, assorted vegetable casseroles, and Italian cookies and desserts. The meal is dine in only. For more information, call (409) 883-2883.
The St. Elizabeth, 2006 Nall, Port Neches, St. Joseph Altar begins with a blessing of the altar and Mass March 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Hebert Hall. The parish will celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph March 19, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. in Hebert Hall. For more information, call (409) 727-8874.
The third annual St. Mark the Evangelist, 905 N. 9th St., Silsbee, St. Joseph Altar is March 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and begins with a blessing of the altar before the meal is served in Farmer Hall. The meal is dine in only. For more information, call (409) 385-4498.
The Our Lady of the Pines, 1601 North Pine St., Woodville, St. Joseph Altar is March 18 at 10 a.m. in the Family Center. The meal is dine in only. For more information, call (409) 283-5367.
The Immaculate Conception-St. Peter, 4100 Lincoln Avenue, Groves, St. Joseph Altar is March 18, 12 noon-3 p.m., in the Family Life Center. The altar will be blessed and the saints will be seated before the meal is served. The meal will include spaghetti, fish, assorted vegetables, and desserts. For more information, call (409) 962-0255.