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.
St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 700 Jefferson St., Beaumont, St. Joseph’s Day Spaghetti Lunch is March 19, 11 a.m. -2 p.m., at the Cathedral Center. Mass will be celebrated at 8:10 a.m. in the Cathedral Basilica. The day will include a blessing of the altar by Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, and also a Tupa Tupa ceremony. The meal features pasta Milanese, Courville’s fried fish, Italian vegetables, bread, dessert and tea. 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.
Our Lady of Victory, 225 W. Barkley, Sour Lake, St. Joseph Altar is March 17 at 11:30 after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. The celebration will include a Tupa Tupa ceremony. The meal is dine in only. For more information, call (409) 287-3287.
St. Mary, 912 West Cherry, Orange, St. Joseph Altar is March 17 at 11:30 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 at 11:30 a.m. 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.
Our Lady of Lourdes, 1600 North Main, Vidor, St. Joseph Altar will be celebrated March 23 and March 24. Festivities will begin with the Tupa Tupa in the parish hall March 23 after the 5 p.m. Mass. All are invited to the St. Joseph Altar meal after the 11:30 a.m. Mass March 24. For more information,
call Judy Brucia at 409-769-2358.
Blessed Sacrament, 780 Porter St., Beaumont, St. Joseph Altar is March 17 after the 8:30 a.m. Mass. There will be a blessing of the altar during Mass. The meal is dine-in only. For more information, call (409) 833-6089.