St. Joseph’s Table
March 14th - March 22nd
One of the disciplines of Lent is to give alms to the poor - to have a loving heart for those in need in our parish and community.
St. Joseph was a very loving and kind man who cared greatly for his wife, Mary and foster-son, Jesus. He knew he and his family was blessed and shared food with those in need.
Please bring only non-perishable food items. There is also a great need for paper products (towels, tissues, toilet tissue, etc.) diapers - all sizes including 4 & 5, wet wipes, laundry and personal care items, such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes. All donations should be placed by the St. Joseph altar. Please, no outdated items or open packages as these can not be used. These items will be distributed to families of our parish and also shared with St. Vincent de Paul food pantry, the Hannah Center, Shirley’s House of Hope, Mary’s Place and the Marshfield Area Respite Center.
St. Joseph’s Table is a religious custom and tradition that started centuries ago in Sicily. When Sicilians were affected by a severe drought, they turned to St. Joseph the “Father of Jesus and head of the Holy Family” to rescue them by asking St. Joseph to intercede before God for their cause. As a result of their prayer and intercession of St. Joseph, an abundance of rain was poured over the fields to save their crops. As a sign of gratitude to God the Sicilians committed themselves to share the fruit of the earth with the poor.
St. Joseph’s food collection will begin on Saturday, March 14th and conclude at noon on Sunday, March 22nd.