St. Joseph Catholic Church holds a yearly St. Joseph Table that last for two days inside the Fr. Charles J. Murray Parish Hall. People of all ages come to view the table which honors our patron saint - St. Joseph.
The Ninth Annual St. Jospeh Table was blessed on Saturday morning, March 18 at 10:30 a.m.. after a mass for St. Joseph inside the church.
Bishop Stephen J. Berg, along with Deacon Ed Riccillo presided over the table ceremony while Marcos LeBlanc provided the music. The St. Joseph Table was blessed once more on Sunday, March 19, by Fr. Steve Murray after the 11 a.m. mass.
"St. Joseph is the the patron saint of our St. Joseph Parish and the Universal Church"
The St. Joseph 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.
St. Joseph Table 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
Symbolically shaped breads
Cookies, candies, cakes, etc.
Fresh Vegetables, and fruits
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
The Silician "carretto" (cart): a handcrafted and hand painted brightly colored cart with wodden wheels that was pulled by a donkey, mule or horse and was used to carry the farmers out to the fields to gather the crops
Bone Cookies: represent the bones of the saints
Purse: represents giving alms to the poor
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, creme puffs, roettes, pizzelles, biscotti, canolis, ricotta cookies, fruit cookies, Italian brownies, anginetti or lemon drop cookies, cross cookies: represent the cookies and pastries of Sicily
St. Joseph Table Thank You!
What a beautiful and powerful celebration of our Patron Feast of St. Joseph! St. Joseph Table was beautiful! A ministry of love and faith. Thank You to the entire committee of the St. Joseph Table, volunteers, Men of Joseph, CCW, Knights. For all your hard labor of love. It was an honor that our Bishop Stephen Berg was with us on this special day!
May St. Joseph intercede for our prayer intentions, for peace and an end of war in the Ukraine, for all the lives lost.
Thank You all for your hard labor of love!
Your brother in Christ
St. Joseph Table Committee
Pat Klomp, Chair
Rose Marie Patti
St. Joseph Table News
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 the 2019 St. Joseph Table.