Centuries ago, a severe famine in Sicily caused considerable suffering and starvation. The farmers turned in prayer to St. Joseph, protector of the family, for help. The famine soon ended and, in gratitude, the farmers honored St. Joseph by covering an altar with their most prized possession: food. St. Joseph altars evolved into family open houses, offered in gratitude for special prayers that had been answered. Today it is also used as a petition for favors, and for family and loved ones. Today, most tables are prepared and planned by “church families” led by those of Italian heritage. The food placed on the St. Joseph Table and served to guests is meatless because his feast day always falls within Lent. Proceeds from the Table are given to the poor and needy. Here are some in the diocese to enjoy.
St. Mark’s 44th Annual St. Joseph Table, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., March 19, St. Mark’s Parish Center, 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence. Blessing, Viewing, Cookie sale and Spaghetti Dinner.
Coronation of Our Lady annual St. Joseph’s Table, March 19, Parish hall, 13000 Bennington, Grandview. Table blessing follows the 8:15 a.m. Mass; traditional St. Joseph’s Day Dinner served 12 – 3:30 p.m., with Pasta Milanese, Salad, Bread, Wine, Dessert and Soft Drinks. $4/adults and $2/children (12 and under). Booths featuring bread, cookies and cannoli for sale. All proceeds will benefit Coronation’s Food Pantry.
St. Robert Bellarmine’s Catholic Church annual St. Joseph’s Table, March 18, the Parish Center, 4313 Mo-7, Blue Springs. Table blessing 11:45 a.m., viewing of the Table and Meals with Traditional Milanese or Marinara sauce served noon – 6:30 p.m., $8/adults, $3/children. All proceeds going for emergency assistance for the less fortunate in our community. Cannoli, Italian cookies and other baked goods sold during the meal and on March 19 after the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses in the Parish Center.
Holy Rosary’s St. Joseph Table, March 18 & 19, Scalabrini Hall, 912 Pacific Ave., Kansas City. March 18 – 4 p.m., Mass, Blessing & Viewing of the Table, 5 – 8 p.m., Cookies and cannolis available for purchase. March 19 – 8 a.m. & 11 a.m., Masses, with Pasta dinner served 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., free will donation; Take Out – $5. Cookies, cannolis, pastries, etc., available for purchase. Sponsored by Troop 80.
St. Charles Borromeo’s St. Joseph Table, March 18, Borromeo Hall, 900 NE Shady Lane Drive, Kansas City. 11 a.m., Table Blessing and viewing; 1 – 8 p.m., enjoy Pasta Milanese, pasta with plain sauce, bread, frozia, and beverage, Free-will donations, proceeds benefit those in need. Purchase cookies, pastries, bread, wine, and more.
St. James-Liberty St. Joseph Table Festivities, March 18 & 19, 309 S. Stewart Road, Liberty. March 18, 9 a.m., Viewing of table; 11 a.m., Blessing, with lunch to follow. Festivities including dinner continue until after 5 p.m. Mass. March 19, 8:30 a.m., tables open to purchase Cookies. Spaghetti meal served 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Nativity of Mary’s St. Joseph Table, March 5, Parish Hall, 10021 E. 36th Terrace, Independence. 10:30 a.m. Mass, followed by Table blessing, open until 4 p.m. Spaghetti dinner served 11:30 a.m.,– 4 p.m., spaghetti with Milanese or plain sauce, salad, bread, dessert and drinks. Gluten free pasta available. $5/person suggested donation. Items from Table available for purchase during dinner. Dinner proceeds benefit Nativity of Mary Sanctuary; Table proceeds benefit St. Mary’s Food Pantry to help those in need.
St. Thomas More Parish’s St. Joseph Table, March 19, 11800 Holmes Road, Kansas City. St. Joseph’ Day celebration includes St. Joseph Table and traditional Pasta Milanese dinner 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., free will donation. All items on Table (Italian foods, desserts, etc.) available for sale starting at 11 a.m. All proceeds will be donated to those in need.
St. Therese (north) Parish’s 30th annual St. Joseph’s Table, March 11 – 12, 7207 NW Hwy 9, Kansas City. Table blessing 4:30 p.m., Viewing in Gathering Space, 2 – 6:15 p.m., March 11, 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., March 12. Pasta Milanese Dinner, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., March 12, Education and Parish Center, Free will offering. Items from the Table available for purchase 2 p.m., March 12.
Guardian Angels’ St. Joseph’s Table, 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., March 19, Our Lady of Hope School Cafeteria, 4232 Mercier, Kansas City (next door to Guardian Angels Church). Come join us for a delicious Spaghetti dinner, traditional Milanese or regular sauce, Free Will donation. Homemade Italian breads, cannoli and cookies for sale. (Cookies also sold 5 – 8 p.m., March 18.)