Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Saint Joseph's Day


We had our first St. Joseph Altar in our new home on the feast of St. Joseph!

The "tavola di San Giuseppe" (St. Joseph's Table or Altar) is an Italian Catholic tradition. You can read about it over at Catholic Cuisine along with descriptions of some of the foods that are usually included.  Back in 2009 we made a craft version and I explained the tradition to our children. The following year we made our first edible altar! You can scroll through all our past St. Joseph posts here.

I hadn't planned to even do the St. Joseph's Altar this year. However, after months of praying to St. Joseph for his intercession, our house in Oregon officially closed escrow on March 12th (such mixed emotions!) and it’s been a huge relief to pay off/down our loans and be back to just one mortgage. (Thank you for all your prayers for the sale of our old home! We actually took it off the market at the end of December to do a few more little projects and revise the marketing plan and then re-listed it following another painful price reduction on February 4th. We accepted a full price offer on February 8th!) Anyway, after finishing up work and school work that morning, we decided we needed to pull together a celebration for his feast!

Ever since our move and this new pregnancy, the only big feast day celebrations that have been happening at home are the ones that mean the most to our children (patron saints) and the ones that they are willing to help with. The feast of St. Joseph is always one of their favorites (cream puffs are always included in the menu!) and it is our 11 year old's middle name-day, my middle name (Jo) and both of my parents names (Patrick Joseph and Josephine) so we have lots of extra devotions to dear St. Joseph around here!

It actually all came together quickly and easily! In the afternoon, once the baby fell asleep, Rose and I made a quick trip to Trader Joes while some frozen dinner rolls for the kids to shape were defrosting. Meanwhile Chiquita baked a spice cake in our "cathedral" cake pan since St. Joseph is the patron of the universal church. We picked up fruit, drinks, flowers (red, white and green for the Italian flag), and some Italian desserts. When we got back home the all shaped a few rolls, and then the three oldest left for golf practice while I finished setting up the treats. The food maybe took an hour to prepare - bake rolls, boil pasta, bake fish (12 fish for the 12 apostles!), and make an AIP pizza - so not much longer than I generally spend making dinner. While I cooked the little ones rounded up all our St. Joseph themed toys, statues, and all of their St. Joseph holy cards from their holy card albums. Finding some of my candles was the biggest issue... I couldn't remember where they were packed/unpacked. I am still adjusting to living in a new home after nearly 19 years in our old home!



Traditional Breads in Symbolic Shapes

IHS Candle from Saong Jai • St. Joseph from Naturally Catholic

St. Joseph, Husband of Mary, Pray for us! 


St. Joseph, Foster Father of Jesus, Pray for us! 


St. Joseph the Worker, Pray for us! 

We pulled out St. Joseph Holy Cards and Holy Cards from the funerals of Loved Ones to place on our St. Joseph Altar.
Grapes • Host & Chalice • Nails • Ladder • Chalice • Saw • Lily 

St. Joseph, Patron of the Dying, Pray for us! 

Sacred Heart • Scapular • Cross • Crown of Thorns • Monstrance and Host • Butterfly
Fish • Candle • Rosary • Star

St. Joseph Patron Saint Block from Almond Rod Toys

St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, Pray for us! 

Pope & Swiss Guard Set from Naturally Catholic


Prosciutto & Fig Bistro Pizza (AIP/Paleo) 



Saint Goals T-Shirt from Annunciation Designs


I keep getting teary eyed every time I start thinking that this could be the last time I have our two older boys, who will both be graduating high school this spring, at home for many of these feast days... Please keep them in your prayers as they discern where they will be heading in the fall!


"However many saints you have as your intercessors, be especially devoted to Saint Joseph, who can obtain a great deal from God." 
- St. Teresa of Jesus