NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - St. Joseph's Altars are set up and blessed to give thanks for answered prayers on the Feast of St. Joseph on March 19.
Sicilian immigrants brought the tradition to New Orleans.
St. Joseph's Altars are regaining prominence as more young people and schools get involved with the process, according to the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
Below is a list of altars scheduled in March:
ST. LOUIS CATHEDRAL (held indoors at convent chapel of the former St. Louis Cathedral School, 820 Dauphine St., New Orleans): March 18, preview viewing 3-6 p.m. March 19, 7:30 a.m. Mass at St. Louis Cathedral, then Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond will bless the altar at approximately 8:30 a.m., with public viewing to 3 p.m. Meals will be served in the cafeteria. Parking is available in the schoolyard, entering through the Dauphine Street gates.
ANNUNCIATION, Bogalusa: B and C Hall, 139 Cumberland St., sponsored by the Bogalusa Italian-American Cultural Society. March 13, blessing of the altar at 6 p.m. and rosary recitation. March 14, altar opens at 10 a.m. with feeding of the saints at 11 a.m. and pasta Milanese meal served from noon to 3 p.m. when altar closes.
ARCHBISHOP CHAPELLE HIGH SCHOOL, 8800 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie (gym): March 18, blessing at noon, chorale sings at 7:30 p.m. followed by rosary recitation at 8:30 p.m.; altar closes at 9 p.m. March 19, viewing from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with Tupa Tupa at noon, and meals in the cafeteria at 12:15 p.m.
ASCENSION OF OUR LORD, 1900 Greenwood Dr., LaPlace: March 19, Father Walter Austin, pastor, will bless altar after 8:30 a.m. Mass with viewing to noon. March 20, opens after 8:30 a.m. Mass until noon; reopens 6-7:30 p.m., with Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. March 21, viewing from 9-11 a.m. and 3-5:30 p.m. (Mass at 4 p.m.). March 22, Masses 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. with viewing from 8 a.m.-noon, when altar will be taken down. Italian cookies, baked goods, wine, candles and holy cards by donation with proceeds going to the Saltillo, Mexico, missions. Call the parish office, (985) 652-2615.
BLESSED FRANCIS SEELOS CHURCH, 3053 Dauphine St., New Orleans (parish hall): March 18-19, viewing 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Blessing March 19 at noon, followed by serving of meals.
BROTHER MARTIN HIGH SCHOOL (James B. Branton Chapel), 4401 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans: March 19, 7:25 a.m. Mass, with blessing at 8 a.m. followed by viewing until 7 p.m. Spaghetti dinner served ($8 per plate) in the Tom and Gayle Benson Mall from 4-7 p.m. Dine in or take out. Altar donations and funds from the spaghetti dinner go to the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Missions worldwide.
CHRIST THE KING SCHOOL, 2106 Deerfield Road, Terrytown: March 19, viewing 1 a.m.-2 p.m. Blessing at 10 a.m.
DE LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL, 5300 St. Charles Ave. (school lobby), New Orleans: March 19, viewing 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Blessing at 9:15 a.m. "Tupa, Tupa" Holy Family playlet, rosary at 11:30 a.m.
DIVINE MERCY PARISH, 4337 Sal Lentini Pkwy., Kenner (church narthex): March 18, blessing at 6:30 p.m. with viewing to 9 p.m. March 19, viewing from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
GOOD SHEPHERD PARISH (St. Stephen Church, 1025 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans): Viewing March 19, with blessing during the 8:30 a.m. school Mass, celebrated by Msgr. Christopher Nalty. Viewing to 5 p.m. with meals from noon until gone.
HOLY CROSS SCHOOL, 5500 Paris Ave., New Orleans (administration building third floor): March 19, viewing from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., blessing at 10:30 a.m. after 9:10 a.m. Mass.
HOLY FAMILY CHURCH, 1220 14th Ave., Franklinton (church hall): March 19, Mass of St. Joseph at 10 a.m. in church, followed by 11 a.m. altar blessing and feeding of the Holy Family. Viewing and meals from 11:45 a.m.- 1 p.m.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH, 130 Baronne St., New Orleans: March 14-15 during Masses. March 16-19, viewing 6:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m.; blessing March 19, 12:30 p.m. (after noon Mass). Meals follow in Lenes Hall.
MOUNT CARMEL ACADEMY, 7027 Milne Blvd., New Orleans (enter at marked gate): March 19 in Café Campbell, blessing at 7:30 a.m., followed by viewing until 6 p.m. Parking available on Milne Boulevard. No meals served to public.
OUR LADY OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE SCHOOL, 917 N. Atlanta St., Metairie (Bahan Center): March 19, viewing from 8-10 a.m. followed by reenactment of Mary and Joseph looking for room at the inn.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, St. Jude Hall, 400 Basin St., New Orleans: March 19, 7 a.m. blessing then viewing open to the public.
OUR LADY OF LOURDES, 325 Westchester Blvd., Slidell, (school gym) March 14, blessing at 11 a.m., with viewing and meals served noon-6 p.m. St. Joseph Altar cookbooks are $5.
OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP, 1908 Short St., Kenner (Larose Center): March 18, 9 a.m. blessing. Viewing March 18-19 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. On March 19, Tupa Tupa at noon with meals served to public at 1 p.m. 464-0361.
OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCOR, 531 Avenue A, Westwego: March 19, 9:30 a.m. Mass followed by 10:30 a.m. altar blessing in cafeteria.
OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS, 6851 River Road, Waggaman: March 19, altar with viewing and meals from noon-6 p.m. Italian cookies and St. Joseph candles available for donation. Remaining food will be donated to Covenant House, New Orleans.
OUR LADY OF THE HOLY ROSARY, 1 Rectory Lane, Hahnville (community center): March 19, blessing after the 8 a.m. Mass with viewing until 5:30 p.m. Food and drink served at noon.
OUR LADY STAR OF THE SEA CHURCH, 1835 St. Roch Ave., New Orleans: Sponsored by Ladies Guild. Open to public March 19-20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with blessing March 19 at 8:45 a.m.
POPE JOHN PAUL II HIGH SCHOOL, 1901 Jaguar Dr., Slidell: March 19, blessing following school's 10:30 a.m. Mass. Students can partake in altar's food donations during lunch.
SACRED HEART (Rouquette Hall), 28088 Main St., Lacombe: March 18, viewing 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ending with blessing at 4 p.m., and meals follow.
ST. ALPHONSUS, (St. Mary's Assumption Church, 923 Josephine St., New Orleans): March 18, open at 3 p.m. with blessing at 3:30 p.m. March 19, viewing 10 a.m. until altar is broken at 3 p.m. Meals begin at noon.
ST. ANSELM, 306 St. Mary St., Madisonville: Sponsored by St. Joseph Guild in St. Joseph Hall with blessing after 4 p.m. Mass March 14. Open to public on March 15 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with meatless meals served.
ST. ANTHONY, 2653 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Lafitte (church hall): March 18, blessing at 8 p.m. followed by Mass in the hall. March 19, open to public
at 10 a.m. with meals served. In memory of Carrie Ann Thomassie, Carolyn Dufrene and Angelina LeBlanc.
ST. AUGUSTINE, 1210 Gov. Nicholls St., New Orleans: March 19, viewing from 11 a.m. 'til with blessing at noon, followed by meals in garden courtyard.
ST. AUGUSTINE HIGH SCHOOL, 2600 A.P. Tureaud Ave., New Orleans: March 19, the school and Josephite priests and brothers will honor school patron, St. Joseph, with an altar. Viewing from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
ST. BENILDE, 1801 Division St., Metairie (Teen Center): March 19, viewing from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., with blessing at 9:15 a.m.
ST. CLETUS, 3600 Claire Ave., Gretna (Jerome Hall): March 18, 7:30-8 p.m. after blessing. March 19, open for viewing 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., with food served until runs out.
ST. DOMINIC, 775 Harrison Ave., New Orleans: St. Dominic Rosary Altar Society hosting. March 19-22 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Blessing, March 18 after 5:30 p.m. Mass.
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER, 444 Metairie Rd., Metairie (SFX Gymnasium): St. Joseph Altar Society sponsors. Viewing March 18, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., closing with rosary; March 19, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., closing with rosary. "Tupa Tupa" March 19 following 8 a.m. parish Mass. Traditional pasta Milanese meals March 19, 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. in school cafeteria.
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI, New Orleans: Altar at home of Joseph and Mary Talamo, 6122 Patton St. March 18, blessing at 6 p.m. March 19, viewing 1-5:30 p.m.
ST. GERTRUDE, 17292 Hwy. 631, Des Allemands (Father Mac Community Center): Sponsored by Ladies Altar Society and friends. March 15, 10:30 a.m. blessing followed by meals to 1:30 p.m. Viewing until 2:30 p.m.
ST. JANE DE CHANTAL, 72040 Maple St., Abita Springs (St. Jane Hall): March 18, 7 p.m. Mass followed by blessing, viewing. March 19, viewing noon-6 p.m. Meals noon until food runs out. Donations support St. Vincent de Paul Society for poor.
ST. JOAN OF ARC, 529 W. 5th St., LaPlace (Family Life Center): Opens March 18 with blessing at 6 p.m., viewing until 8 p.m. March 19, viewing 9 a.m.-8 p.m. with meals noon-2 p.m. (lunch) and 5-7 p.m. (dinner) "Feeding of the Saints" at 11 a.m.
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, 11345 St. John Church Rd., Folsom: March 19, Father Robert Cavalier blesses altar at 8:30 a.m., viewing until 11 a.m. in Jonathan Hall. Mass of St. Joseph at 11 a.m. Visitors served to 1:30 p.m.
ST. JOSEPH, 1802 Tulane Ave., New Orleans: March 19, viewing 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the church, with Mass and blessing at noon. Meals served beginning at 1 p.m.
ST. JOSEPH CHURCH AND SHRINE ON THE WESTBANK, 610 Sixth St., Gretna: Altar in St. Joseph Complex at 7th and Newton streets. Sponsored by church, prepared by St. Joseph Women's Club. March 18, 6 p.m. rosary procession followed by prayer service and altar viewing until 7:30 p.m. March 19, solemn Mass at 10:30 a.m. with Archbishop Gregory Aymond, celebrant. Procession and altar blessing. Doors open at noon March 19 with viewing until 6 p.m.
ST. LUKE THE EVANGELIST, 910 Cross Gates Blvd., Slidell: Viewing in Family Life Center March 18, 5-8 p.m. March 19, Mass at 10 a.m. followed by blessing at 11 a.m. in Family Life Center. Meals served until 2 p.m.
ST. MICHAEL SPECIAL SCHOOL, 1522 Chippewa St., New Orleans: March 17, altar blessing after 8:30 a.m. Mass, Father Teodoro Aguda, presider. March 17-19, open for public viewing 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations accepted to fund a scholarship through the Ladies' Guild, for a student entering the vocational training program. Cookies, holy cards and blessed beans offered as mementos.
ST. PATRICK, 28698 Hwy. 23, Port Sulphur (Family Life Center): March 15, blessing at 11 a.m., meals begin at 11:30 a.m., viewing until 1 p.m.
ST. PETER SCHOOL, 130 E. Temperance St., Covington (St. Mary's Hall): March 19, opens 8 a.m. with blessing after 8:30 a.m. Mass at 9:15 a.m., viewing until 3 p.m. Meals served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until food runs out.
ST. PIUS X MISSION, 8151 Barataria Blvd., Crown Point: March 18, blessing at 6 p.m. following Mass in St. Joseph Hall. March 19, open to public at 9 a.m., meals served 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dedicated to American military members.
ST. RITA PARISH, 7100 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan (Msgr. Champagne Community Room): Public viewing March 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. followed by rosary. Feeding 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., and from 4-6 p.m. Children's artwork and essays about St. Joseph recognized during school hours.
ST. SCHOLASTICA ACADEMY, 122 Massachusetts St., Covington: March 19, public viewing 3:30-7 p.m. in cafeteria. Additional altar to honor military. Meals served by donation. Proceeds benefitting scholarships to Ben Bragg, Gabby Chaisson, Catherine Gensler '13, Angelle Ulfers '12 and Samantha Vinturella. Monetary donations accepted. For donations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
STS. PETER AND PAUL, 66192 St. Mary St., Pearl River: March 19, blessing at 11 a.m. with Tupa Tupa. Viewing and meals until 5 p.m.
XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA, 1 Drexel Dr., New Orleans (Music Building): March 19, viewing from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Blessing by Josephite Father Etido Jerome at 12:45 p.m. followed by a short talk on "Sacred Spaces" by Redemptorist Father Byron Miller, director of the National Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos. Monetary donations accepted with all funds helping XU students facing emergencies.