OXFORD — Once again, St. Joseph’s Church, 3 Scott St., Oxford, will honor its patron in the Italian tradition March 16. Begun in Sicily hundreds of years ago to help end a long and pestilent drought, St. Joseph’s in Oxford has adopted this time-honored tradition on or around St. Joseph’s feast day for the last fourteen years.
This year, a statue of St. Joseph will be carried in procession into the 8:45 a.m. Mass, and we will include a litany to St. Joseph, dedicating ourselves to the service of the Church with St. Joseph as our model.
Religious education students will participate in the feast by assembling food on a traditional St. Joseph Table for blessing. After Mass, the Festa di San Giuseppe celebration continues in the Sicilian tradition with authentic St. Joseph braided breads, pastries and brunch. Neighboring parishes have been invited to participate.
Following the Festa di San Giuseppe tradition in Sicily, packets filled with blessed holy cards and food will be distributed to the sick and homebound in and around the parish.