“St. Joseph’s Table” is an excellent opportunity for almsgiving during Lent. In many places (especially where there is a large population of Italians) it is traditional to collect food for the needy on the Solemnity of St. Joseph. The food is displayed on a table (sometimes in a very elaborate fashion) and distributed to the poor. This year at OLR we will be having a “St. Joseph’s Day Food Drive” to benefit our St. Vincent de Paul Society. The Solemnity of St. Joseph is Friday, March 19.
So, any time that weekend – Friday, Saturday or Sunday, March 19-21 – please bring donations of non-perishable food to Mass with you and place them at the table in the church narthex that will be designated for this purpose. These items will then be given to our SVDP to distribute to the poor.
Here is a list of items that are particularly useful: canned beef stew, canned chicken, canned corn beef hash, canned spaghetti and meatballs, canned ravioli, canned tuna, canned salmon, 64 oz canned/bottled fruit juice (apple, grape, etc.), and any other non-perishable food items.