St. Robert Bellarmine

Catholic Church

Saint Joseph's Table

During the Middle Ages a sever famine struck Sicily, threatening the locals with starvation. Villagers fervently prayed to their patron, Saint Joseph. Through his intercession, the famine was lifted and thousands were saved. In gratitude a huge celebratory feast was held. Wealthy Sicilians opened their doors to the poor and needy so all would have enough.

Continuing that tradition, the Saint Joseph's Table celebration continues to be a time of feasting and care for the poor. Parishioners at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish work for weeks preparing breads, cakes and other baked goods, which are sold on the weekend closest to Saint Joseph's Day (March 19th). An Italian feast of meatless spaghetti is served in keeping with the Lenten observance. Funds raised during the Saint Joseph's Table celebration are used to fund the parish's food pantry ministry and other social justice outreaches of the parish.