Italian American Heritage Society to host St. Joseph's Altar, March 17
The Italian American Heritage Society will host its annual St. Joseph’s Altar on Sunday, March 17, at the Family Life Center at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Birmingham from 1-3 p.m. Please enter at the front door only.
The altar tradition began in the 1800s in New Orleans and replicates the response of the Sicilian people to the intervention of St. Joseph for the relief of a famine in Sicily. The altar will be adorned with blessed, meatless foods that were originally offered including different types of greens, vegetables, fish, breads, and desserts.
In an effort to return to a more original purpose of the St. Joseph Altar (to feed the needy in thanksgiving for special intentions), and still maintain an Italian celebratory tradition of sharing Sicilian history, religion, food, and culture, a few changes are being made to this year’s celebration.
First of all, the menu for our guests will NOT include the food from the altar, but rather meatless baked ziti, salad, bread, and a dessert. The new guest menu should alleviate past problems of serving hot food quickly and to very large crowds.
From our guests, we will be glad to accept cooked food donations (desposable pans only) or a monetary donation at the door to join us in our St. Joseph Altar celebration. If you would like to bring cooked, baked ziti please use a 9x13 aluminum pan. Both monetary donations and any donations of food (unused) will be given to the Catholic Center of Concern and Brother Bryan Missions.