Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Solemnity of Saint Joseph 2013

The Solemnity of Saint Joseph is a special feast day in our family not only because he is the patron saint of families but also because he is the patron saint of one of our children. It was a busy but good day.

Our parish had their very first St. Joseph Altar & Celebration today. It was a labour of love by a handful of people and it came together beautifully. A family could sponsor a table and were responsible for decorating it. This was our family's table decorated with:

St. Joseph statue, candle, prayer card and felt doll
a picture of Saint Joseph from last year's diocesan calendar
a jar of beans (to represent fava beans)
a loaf of challah bread (to represent Joseph's Jewish faith)

This was the St. Joseph altar. We prayed the Saint Joseph novena prayer and the Litany of Saint Joseph. Then we had a potluck luncheon. We brought a pasta dish with grated Parmesan cheese representing sawdust for Joseph's trade as a carpenter. We also brought an Italian Balsamic Honey Bean Salad (recipe below) to represent Italy's devotion to Saint Joseph and the symbolism of the fava bean in their devotion

Italian Balsamic Honey Bean Salad

any variety of cooked beans (we used white navy and garbanzo beans)
chopped raw baby spinach
diced tomatoes (Roma or grape best)
sauteed sweet onions (or raw if that is your preference)
balsamic vinegar (good quality)
olive oil
lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Mix beans, spinach, tomatoes and onions gingerly in a large serving bowl. In a separate small bowl mix a 2:1:1:1 ratio of balsamic vinegar, honey, olive oil and lemon juice. This ratio really is to your individual liking as it is just the dressing for the salad. Add salt and pepper to taste. Dress the salad before serving. 

We had the same foods for dinner with the addition of some Italian wine and cream puffs for dessert. Our little Josephine had a special name day today and insisted on this picture in front of her feast day dinner. 

 Saint Joseph, Pray for us!!


Anonymous said...

Awesome! Happy Feast Day! -Genevieve

Evann said...

Thank you, Robina, for joining in the St. Joseph Altar blog fest! Your Altar is a lovely honor to St. Joseph. So nice to see parish celebrations too. Viva San Giuseppe!

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