The Feast Day of St. Joseph 2016
ProLifeCorner – Freeport Illinois- For many years various cultures have celebrated St. Joseph’s feast day, March 19, with a St. Joseph’s Altar. The custom began after a famine/drought in Sicily. After asking St. Joseph for his intercession, rain came and the people rejoiced. They celebrated with an altar of food and flowers in thanks for the prayers of St. Joseph, then the food was donated to the poor.
St. Joseph’s altar has continued in many parishes, especially those with a large Italian population. St. Joseph’s Church in Freeport, Il. has always been known as the “German parish” in town. However, our pastor, Fr. Timothy Barr, suggested we have a celebration of St. Joseph’s feast day to honor our patron saint. Cynthia Saar and Mary Julius traveled to Rockford to meet with Rosie Sheriden, who has a St. Joseph Altar in her home every other year. St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Rockford, Il has a St. Joseph altar every year. Continue reading