Italians all over the world celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph with the tradition of a St. Joseph’s Table. On or near March19 (St. Joseph Day), a festive table with various meatless dishes, baked goods and pastries is set, and all are invited to eat—rich and poor alike. This custom started in Sicily in the Middle Ages to thank God and St. Joseph for sending rain during a famine.

Here in Marengo, Sacred Heart Parish will host a St. Joseph’s Table on Sunday, March 19 from noon until 3 p.m. Pasquale and Josephine Pizarro are heading up the planning committee for this event. “It’s a chance to carry on a fine Italian tradition and to give back to the community,” Pizarro explained. They welcome all to come enjoy the wonderful food and they ask nothing but a free will offering.

They also welcome any contributions of food for the table—as long as it’s meatless. The tradition calls for only seafood, eggs, vegetables and –of course!— bread and pasta. Drop off any contributions at Sacred Heart on Saturday, March 18. Volunteers are also needed to help clean up. Needed most of all, are guests who would enjoy some delicious food and fine fellowship in the tradition of St. Joseph’s Tables all over the world.

Proceeds from the Table will go to the Caskey family, to help with expenses from their son Derek’s recent tragic death. For more information, contact Pasquale Passaro at 815- 568-0998.

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