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Youth Vincentians with the help of other Parish Organizations will present the
St. Joseph Table on Sunday, March 18
beginning with 12 Noon Mass followed by a reception in the Cardiff Center.

Free Will donations will go to help the work of our St. Vincent de Paul Society. Anyone who would like to bake for the Sweets Table, drop off your donations at the Cardiff Center on Sunday morning, March 18.

According to legend, there was a famine in Sicily many centuries ago. The villagers prayed to St. Joseph,
foster-father of the Infant Savior, and asked his intercession before the throne of God. Their prayers were answered. With the ending of the dreadful famine, a special feast of thanksgiving was held in commemoration of the Saint. This celebration became tradition. Wealthy families prepared huge buffets. They then invited the less fortunate people of the village, especially the homeless and sick.

The celebration begins with a religious tableau. Selected villagers portray an elderly man, a lovely young woman, and a little child. The three are seated at the head table and remain there during the early part of the festivity. Others accompanying this "Holy Family" are twelve men or boys, representing the Apostles and other children, attired as angels. The village priest blesses the food, and then the "Holy Family" is served first by the host and hostess.

All are free to come and go as they wish. The guests may eat what they choose and as much as pleases them. The festival lasts most of the day and well into the night. When all have been fed, they go on their way with thankful hearts and take the blessing of the host and hostess with them.

The effect of the table design is dignified, solemn, yet festive, grand and inspiring. Much symbolism is contained in its shape and decoration.

A parish St. Joseph’s Table is a three-tiered display representing the Holy Trinity. The tables are filled with food, flowers, candles and “zepolla,” pasta. Giving food to the needy is an important part of the tradition. The decorated tables are blessed by the parish priest, and the parish and larger community is invited to see the table and share a meal.

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