St. James Church at 27 Allen St. in Jamestown will celebrate an age-old Italian tradition on Sunday.
The St. Joseph's Table and spaghetti dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Italian bake sale will start at 10 a.m.
Saint Joseph is one of the most beloved saints among Italian-Americans. As the patron of workers and the protector of the family, he is honored with a feast on March 19.
Pictured are members of the Saint James Church Altar & Rosary Society with a bounty of homemade bread.
According to legend, there was a famine many centuries ago. The villagers prayed to Saint Joseph, the foster-father of the Infant Savior Jesus, and asked his intercession of God. Their prayers were answered. With the ending of the dreadful famine, a special feast of thanksgiving was held in commemoration of Saint Joseph. This celebration became a tradition with families and now whole churches prepare a huge dinner. They invite the whole community to share in the feast.
Parishioners at St. James try to continue this as a way to help those in need through their "outreach ministry." The ladies of the church have been baking homemade Italian cookies for the past month. Some of the cookies include wedding style cookies, chocolate, sesame cookies, fruit filled cookies, biscotti, pignolata, cannoli, and homemade Italian bread. Some of the breads are baked in shapes of a staff, a carpenter's tool, grapes, a cross and animals that were at the birth of baby Jesus.
The St. Joseph's day spaghetti dinner is made with homemade "red" sauce with meatballs, salad and Italian bread for only a donation of $7 per dinner.
The special dessert (on sale at the bake sale) - a must at any St. Joseph's Table dinner - is the homemade cannoli with ricotta filling: this is a large crisp pastry shell filled with ricotta (Italian cheese) with red cherries and real cream for only $1.50 each.
All are welcome to join us for this celebration. The guests may eat dinner in the church hall or use a takeout service starting at 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The bake sale will start at 10 a.m. and will continue until sold out.
Hope to see all our friends at the "Tavolata de San Giuseppe."