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St. Joseph's Day A Time-Honored Tradition

The Archbishop Rummel Knights of Columbus Council 5747 hosted a St. Joseph’s Day Altar for its members on Sunday, March 17.

This year’s altar was a patriotic tribute to the soldiers who have served or are currently their country, according to the altar’s co-chairman Fran Bourgeois. “We’re asking for his intercession to keep them safe,” she said.

St. Joseph Day altars began as a custom brought to the greater New Orleans area by Sicilian immigrants. The tradition originated in Sicily during the Middle Ages when people prayed to the Catholic saint to intercede on their behalf and help end a drought and famine. Upon the request being granted, farmers, fishermen and families built altars to share their good fortune with others in need.


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