Christ the King
Tuesday, March 19, 2024
Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Italian Club 2024 Cookie Bake Days
Come bake with your friends and help prepare for the St. Joseph Table. Click a date to sign up to help bake in the Family Life Center Kitchen!
Saturday, January 13th
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday, March 2nd
9:00 am - 1:00 PM
Sign up to bake cookies and breads
Can't make our baking days? No worries! You are welcome to bake up some treats at home. If you don't have a favorite family recipe, we'll have a link to some amazing italian cookie recipes posted soon.
Yes - I'll bring cookies or bread for the Altar!
History of St. Joseph Altar
The St. Joseph Altar is Sicilian in origin. During a terrible famine, the people of Sicily pleaded to St. Joseph, their patron saint, for relief. St. Joseph answered their prayers, and the famine ended. In gratitude, they prepared a table with foods they had harvested. After paying homage to St. Joseph, they distributed the food to the less fortunate.
The Altar is set up in three tiers, representing the Holy Trinity. A statue of St. Joseph is placed on the top tier, usually surrounded by flowers, greenery & fruit.
Breads, cakes and cookies, baked in symbolic Christian shapes, are prepared for the Altar. Pastries in the shapes of monstrance, chalices, crosses, doves, lambs, fish, bibles, hearts, wreaths and palms adorn the tiers of the Altar. Symbols of St. Joseph – such as lilies, staffs, sandals, ladders, saws, hammers and nails – are also used. There is symbolism in many of the items on the Altar. Breadcrumbs represent the sawdust of St. Joseph the Carpenter. Twelve whole fish represent the apostles. Wine is symbolic of the Miracle at Cana.
Join our group - all are welcome!
Our Team Leader is Janie Kelley
Questions? Contact her HERE