St. Joseph Altar offers bountiful spread

Published 12:17 am Sunday, March 15, 2009

The St. Joseph Altar Society of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church is pleased to present the 16th annual St. Joseph Altar in Picayune, open for viewing throughout the weekend — and the bounty of food runneth over.

Parish Hall has been transformed into a virtual mecca of marvels, filled with all manner of delectable treats — cakes, cookies and breads — spread on a three tiered table (three as a representation of the Holy Trinity). Food is prepared in a variety of religious shapes (lambs, fish, The Bible, etc.) and symbols representing St. Joseph (lilies, staffs, sandals, hammers and nails). Volunteers from the congregation have worked very hard to put the altar together.

Pat Albright, President of the St. Joseph Altar Society, said that everything for the weekend has been donated, including all the fixings for the delicious meal that will be served, 10 a.m. – 3p.m., today, Sunday, March 15, in addition to the altar viewing. The meal will feature traditional Italian fare, such as pasta with meatless sauce, Italian breads and salad.

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This year Prayer Petitions are being accepted at the altar, said Albright. As visitors come through they can leave a prayer petition at the altar which will be recognized during the mass on St. Joseph’s Feast Day, Thursday, March 19.

There is a new addition to the altar this year, said Albright. A statue of the Infant of Good Health was presented to the Altar Society by the students of the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School.

Gerry Wilson, member of the congregation, said you don’t have to be a Catholic to come out and enjoy the altar — everyone is welcome. She also said how excited they were to still be going strong for the 16th year in Picayune.

As always, admission to the viewing and the dinner is free. Donations will gladly be accepted.