Ascension Catholic Church celebrates St. Joseph’s Day

Staff reports

Ascension Catholic Church will celebrate with family and friends, St. Joseph’s Altar celebration on Sunday, March 21. The altar will be open for viewing at 10 a.m. There will be a meal served, free of charge beginning at noon.

St. Joseph's Day altars began as a custom brought to New Orleans by Sicilian immigrants. The tradition of building the altar to St. Joseph began as far back as the Middle Ages in gratitude to St. Joseph for answering prayers for deliverance from famine. The families of farmers and fisherman built altars in their homes to share their good fortune with others in need. The tradition grew to a more public event on St. Joseph's Feast Day on March 19. Today the individuals who work on the altars are fulfilling their own promises to St. Joseph "to share their blessings with those in need."

The St. Joseph's Society of Donaldsonville was founded in the 1920's.  The society has been doing an altar for over 50 years. This years’ alter will be blessed by Father Phil Spano following 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday March 20.