The annual tradition of celebrating the feast day of St. Joseph is marked with St. Joseph’s Day altars presented throughout St. Tammany Parish. A partial listing follows:
- ST. SCHOLASTICA ACADEMY: The altar will be blessed, open for viewing and for serving food from 3:30 to 7 p.m. March 19 in the SSA cafeteria. Admission for the meal is by donation. For information, call (985) 892-2540, ext. 119.
ST. LUKE THE EVANGELIST: 910 Cross Gates Blvd., Slidell. Viewing of the altar is 9:30-11:30 a.m. on March 18. The St. Joseph Day Mass is at 10 a.m. on March 19 will be followed by a procession to the Family Life Center where the altar will be blessed at 11 a.m. and food will be served until 2 p.m.
WHERE Y’AT SENIORS: Peace Lutheran Church, 1320 W. Gause Blvd., Slidell. The Where Y’At Seniors will host the annual Community St. Joseph’s Altar from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 23. The group meets monthly at Peace Lutheran Church for fun and music. The event is sponsored in part by Canon Hospice and Thrivent Financial MS-LA Gulf Coast Chapter. For information, call (985) 641-6400.
St. Anselm Catholic Church: St. Joseph Hall at St. Anselm Church, 306 St. Mary St., in Madisonville. The altar will be blessed by the Rev. Frank Giroir on Saturday, March 14 following the 4 p.m. Mass and will be opened for viewing and serving of meatless meals on Sunday, March 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Last year, the Guild handmade more than 80,000 cookies, as well as a large array of vegetarian casseroles and pasta which were served and distributed to the public. The altar is free and open to the public.
St. Jane de Chantal: 72040 Maple St., Abita Springs. The altar blessing and viewing in St. Jane Hall will follow the 7 p.m. Mass on March 18. The altar will be open from noon to 6 p.m. March 19. Meals are served beginning at noon until food runs out. Donations support the St. Vincent de Paul Society to help the poor, and the prayers and work are dedicated to “World Peace.” Visitors will receive small bags of Italian cookies with a St. Joseph prayer card, a fava bean and Italian bread.