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St. Joseph Sicilian Spaghetti Luncheon
March 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Originating in Sicily centuries ago, it is a Catholic custom to bake breads, cakes, pastries, and cookies and donate them along with fruits in honor of St. Joseph. These foods are arrayed before the statue of St. Joseph to inspire the faithful. Bakers often fashion their baked goods with Christian artistry, making them in the shapes of crosses, carpenter’s tools, lambs, lilies, flowers, and other creative Christian symbols. The craftsmanship and devotion is a wonder to behold.
After a period of viewing, the foods are blessed after a special Mass and the “Tupa-Tupa” ceremony takes place, a simple ceremony in which any children present and who are dressed as Saints take part. The foods are then delivered to the homeless shelters while a free-will offering spaghetti luncheon is held for the entire community; all donations to the luncheon assist our St. Vincent de Paul Society’s care of the poor. All non-perishables, baked goods and fruits may be dropped off to the Rectory on Sunday morning until 1 p.m.
To donate food for the altar or to help with the traditional Sicilian spaghetti luncheon that follows, please visit: tinyurl.com/ctkstjoe18