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Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Erath Celebrates St. Joseph Altar

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The sixth annual St. Joseph Altar at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Erath will be held at Pope John Paul II Parish Hall on Sunday.

The hall is located at 700 South Broadway Street. 

Father Andre Metrejean, Pastor, will bless the altar at noon following 11 a.m. Mass. 

After a brief ceremony, explaining the history and custom of the St. Joseph Altar, the traditional meatless spaghetti and Italian cookies will be served until 8 p.m.

Monday, March 19, is the feast day of St. Joseph. The altar will be on display from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Meatless spaghetti and cookies will be served to all visitors throughout the day. The spaghetti is meatless in observance of Lenten fast.

The St. Joseph Altar was a custom that began in Sicily, Italy in the 12th century.  A severe drought and famine hit the region.  After the people prayed for the intercession of St. Joseph, their patron saint, the drought ended.  In thanksgiving, the people began to set up altars to St. Joseph in their homes with food to feed the poor.

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