By Dorri Partain

Each year, the Feast of St. Joseph is celebrated on March 19. In addition to a special Mass, the event includes the blessing and viewing of a table dedicated to St. Joseph, laden with foods in thanks to prayers. Centuries ago, Sicilian Italians were plagued with famine and drought and prayed to St. Joseph (patron saint of the worker) for rain, with a promise to produce a feast if their prayers were answered. The annual celebration came to America as immigrants settled into their new home but continued the traditions of their homeland.

Holy Cross Catholic Church – 5106 St. John, Table viewing March 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium. March 19, English Mass at 10 a.m., Spanish Mass at 6 p.m. Table viewing and Pasta Milanese served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., eat-in or carry out, free will donation. Cannoli and cookies available for purchase.

Holy Rosary Catholic Church – Missouri & Campbell, Friday March 19, 10 a.m. Mass, blessing of Table to follow. Italian cookies available following the blessing, one dozen asst. for $8.00. Pasta Milanese dinner kits available, includes one quart sauce, one pound dry pasta, and breadcrumb topping for $15.00 (serves 4). Viewing of Table and sale until 5:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Sunday March 20, cookies and pasta kits available following Mass until 4 p.m.

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church – 309 Benton Blvd. Thursday, March 18, viewing of Table and sale of Italian cookies, 4-7 p.m. in the gymnasium. Friday March 19, 9 a.m. Mass, followed by blessing of Table. Viewing and cookie sale from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.  Pasta Milanese served from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Hall, 3208 Lexington Avenue. Eat-in or to go, free will offering. Cannoli are also available a la carte.