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St. Joseph's Day Table planned

by jmaloni
Fri, Mar 11th 2011 03:35 pm

The Winery at Marjim Manor, 7171 E. Lake Road, Appleton, will host a St. Joseph's Table on Saturday, March 19, from noon until 4 p.m. The donations collected will be donated to a local food pantry.

March 19 is St. Joseph's Day. According to tradition, there was a famine in Sicily, Italy. For relief, the residents prayed to their patron saint, St. Joseph. The hardship ended with rain for the crops.  To celebrate, a feast was prepared and enjoyed by all.

Today, St. Joseph's Day traditions include preparing an altar with a statute of St. Joseph, lilies, candles and special foods. Dark yellow, brown and green are colors associated with St. Joseph's Day; however in the United States red is often used. That is to contrast St. Joseph's Day with St. Patrick's Day.

Because the feast falls during Lent, the meal is meatless. Pastas, bread, bean dishes, and almond cookies are among the traditional foods. St. Joseph was a carpenter, so to represent sawdust, breadcrumbs are often used in the foods. All are welcome to come and share in the meal. Those grateful for their blessings often bring donations of food or money for the local food pantry.

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