The Christian Women Society invites you to experience this Italian tradition through which the parish honors St. Joseph and raises money to help the poor and those in need.
According to a legend dating to the Middle Ages, Sicily was facing famine due to a severe drought. The people prayed to their patron St. Joseph for rain, promising that if their prayers were answered they would prepare a banquet in his honor. The rains did come, starvation was avoided and the banquet was prepared.
Italians still honor St. Joseph by preparing a banquet table (tavolata) each year on or near his March 19 feast day. At Three Holy Women Parish, the celebration includes a beautifully adorned table filled with donated meatless dishes, breads and sweets. After a blessing, the food is sold to attendees. A specially prepared cake is cut and shared with those present. Participants receive a free bread roll and a bowl of pasta with a meatless sauce, with or without fish. A raffle is held, awarding a wonderful variety of prizes, including gift certificates and cash prizes! Proceeds from the food sales, raffle and free will offerings are donated to the parish’s social justice ministry, as well as other organizations or projects in the community that provide services to people needing help.
We are grateful to those devotees of St. Joseph who donate time and money to preserve this tradition for our parish. Admission is free. Please come to take part in this wonderful tradition and support your community while having fun! Questions? Contact any member of the Christian Women Society or Pat Suminski at 271-8723 or firstname.lastname@example.org.