Pueblo community comes to see St. Joseph Table

Members of the St. Joseph Table Committee gather with Fr. Charlie Sena who is retiring and Fr. Joseph Vigil at the conclusion of the St. Joseph Table blessing ceremonyMembers of the St. Joseph Table Committee gather with Fr. Charlie Sena who is retiring and Fr. Joseph Vigil at the conclusion of the St. Joseph Table blessing ceremony

The 6th Annual St. Joseph Table at St. Joseph Catholic Church concluded ts three day run (March 17-19). People of all ages came to view the table which honors our patron saint - St, Joseph.  Thanks goes to Jim Robinson for taking pictures of the St. Joseph Table setup and ceremony.

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Below is the complete St. Joseph Table ceremony on Sunday, March 17 after the 11 a.m. mass. Credit goes to Dennis Cuchara for the video.



 

Directly below is a short media clip from Channel 5 News which did a story on the Sixth Annual St. Joseph Table.

Fox 21 News from Colorado Springs also did a feature on this year's St. Joseph Table. Click HERE to view the story and video.


THE ST. JOSEPH TABLE
"St. Joseph is the the patron saint of our St. Joseph Parish and the Universal Church"

History

  • ● The St. Joseph's Table is a religious and traditional custom that started centures ago in Sicily during a famine.
  • ● Prayers to St. Joseph were answered, the rains came and the famine came to an end.
  • ● In gratitude, the farmers honored St. Joseph by filling an Altar with their most prized possessions, FOOD!
  • ● After paying homage to St. Joseph, the distributed the food to the poor and less fortunate.
  • ● This altar is known as "la tavola di San Giuse" or "Saint Joseph's Table" and is always blessed by a Priest.

 

The Altar

  • ● The Altar has three levels symbolic of the Holy Trinity: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit.
  • ● The elements that compose the altar are:

○ An Image if St. Joseph
○ Flowers
○ Fish
○ Symbolically shaped breads
○ Candles
○ Cookies, candies, cakes, etc..
○ Fresh Vegetables, and fruits
○ Fava beans
○ Sprouted Wheat
○ Frittatas (Omelettes)

 

Symbolic Meanings:

  • † Cross: represents the Crucifixion
  • † Chalice: represents the Consecration of the Bread and Wine at the Last Supper
  • † Heart: represents the Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the symbol of love
  • † Fish: represents Jesus as the Fisher of Men and symbolizes Christ feeding the five thousand
  • † Thirteen small round braided bread loaves (cudureddi): represents Jesus and the Twelve Apostles
  • † Large round loaves of bread: symbolizes the crown of thorns
  • † Hands: represents God's hands
  • † Shepherd's Staff: symbolizes the Lord is our Shepherd
  • † Lamb Cake: represents Jesus as the Lamb of God
  • † Palms: symbolize the palms strewn in Jesus' path in Jerusalem
  • † White Lilies: Symbolizes transformation and purity
  • † Wine: symbolic of the Last Supper and the Miracle at Cana
  • † Fried Bread Crumbs (mudica or mollica): represents the sawdust of St. Joseph the Carpenter
  • † Hammer, saw and ladder: represents the tools used by St. Joseph the Carpenter
  • † Bone Cookies: represent the Bones of the Saints
  • † Sardines: represent a reminder of the saltiness of the sea
  • † Grapes, olives, figs and other fruits: represent the orchards and vineyards in Sicily
  • † Fava Beans: considered "lucky" because during the drought the fava thrived while other crops failed
  • † Wheat, artichokes, cardoons, fennel and other vegetables: represent the farmlands in Sicily
  • † Italian S Cookie: represents the island of Sicily
  • † Pignolatti (Honey Balls joined together to for a pine cone): represent the pine cones Jesus played with as a child.
  • † Pupaculova (baked bread that encloses a dyed egg): represents the "coming of Easter"
  • † Cookies/Pastries: lady fingers, spingi, fig cookies, cookaletties, wine cookies, Italian wedding cookies, ribbons, roettes, creme puffs, pizzelles, biscotti, canolis, ricotta cookies, fruit cookies, Italian brownies, anginetti or lemon drop cookies, cross cookies: represent the cookies and pastries of Sicily

Parish Hall Inquiries

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Thank You!!

Thanks to everyone for making out Sixth Annual St. Joseph's Table another successful event. It was truly an offering of love, labor and sacrifice in honor of St. Joesph, our patron saint. The Table was organized, assembled and prepared by a very dedicated and hard-working group of parishioners, staff and others from the Pueblo Diocese. It certainly accomplished the purpose of building community within our Parish and the surrounding areas. Food from the Table was given to several elderly individuals in our St. Joseph Parish as well as to the Soup Kitchen and the YMCA Shelter for Women. A monetary donation will be given to the St. Vincent De Paul to be used for their Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets. A special thank you foes to Father Joseph for his continuing support and encouragement. With his help and the continued help of our parishioners and others, both personally and financially, the tradition will continue here at St. Joseph's for years to come. God's Blessings to All!!

The St. Joseph's Table Committee

St Joseph's Day

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Glorious Saint Joseph,
pattern of all who are devoted to
toil, obtain for me the grace to
toil in the spirit of penance,
in order thereby to atone for my
many sins,
to toil conscientiously, putting
devotion to duty before my own
inclinations;
to labor with thankfulness and
joy,
deeming it an honor to employ
and to develop, by my labor, the
gifts that I have received from
Almighty God;
to work with order, peace,
moderation, and patience,
without ever shrinking from
weariness and difficulties;
to work above all with a pure
intention and with detachment
from self, having always before
my eyes the hour if death and
the accounting which I must then
render of time ill-spent,
of talents unemployed, of good
undone, and of my empty pride in
success, which is so fatal to the
work of God.
All for Jesus, all through Mary,
all in imitation of thee,
O Patriarch Joseph!
This shall be my motto in life and
in death.

Amen

 

Joseph, be our guide and pattern,
Faithful to your sacred trust,
Strong protector of the Virgin
And the infant, Jesus Christ.
Joseph, firm and faithful, guide us,
Joseph, walk the way with us.
Listening to the angel's word;
Shielding Mary, both Son and Lord.
Joseph, true and trusting, guide us.
Joseph, walk the way with us.

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Latest Parish News

Stories written by The Pueblo Chieftain
or Channel 5 News

St. Joseph Table Observance
March 16, 2019 by Mike Spence

Helping the Less Fortunate
Nov. 19, 2018 by Ch. 5 News

Tasty bites of heaven
Aug. 4, 2018 by Mike Spence

Heading the Call
May 26, 2018 by Mike Spence

Latest Photos

Vacation Bible School BBQ Lunch
June 14, 2019

Gift Store

Come visit St. Joseph Gift Store located in Church office. Open Monday thru Thursday 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. & by appointment if needed.

Many religious items for sale at a reasonable price Gifts for: Mothers Day - First Communion - Confirmation - Various Statues to include St. Joseph and Blessed Virgin Mary
Also Rosaries, medals, scapulars, holy cards, & much more

Volunteers are needed for the gift store call Alberta at 542-7080 or Isabel at 565-8216