Yesterday while preparing bread for our Feast of ST. Joseph, my BFF Dee Noble creatively shaped a Mariposa “String Of Pearls” inspired “Viva St. Joseph Bread” for the altar when I was in the other room fixing a second batch of bread dough. She knows my love for all things Mariposa and thought our altar needed a special Mariposa touch!
This year’s Altar Breads
The big question late last night…
“How many men does it take to put the Mariposa away?”
BFF Dee, directing the men during the massive team effort to tidy the house after last nights feast!
Family friend and GMG Contributor Donna Ardizzoni was in the kitchen with us all day photographing the process of preparing dishes served at last night’s traditional St. Joseph Feast. Look for her Photo gallery tomorrow afternoon!
Donna Thank you for everything! Yesterday was so much fun! My kitchen is always filled with laughter when your in it!
James and I look forward to selecting photos from your gallery for cookbook #3!
The Power of Prayer
The highlight of the evening was Madame Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken’s Surprise visit with friends, Maria Rossi and Giovanna Margiotta!
The children of the rosary
Keeping Mom busy preparing Italian Nachos for our last “Novena Coffee”
The Cappuccino Makers!
The Last “Novena Coffee”
If walls could talk…..
The time shared around the dinning room table and kitchen island are now beautiful memories that will last a lifetime!
The ceremonial “Soaking of the Fava Beans!
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March always brings me back to my childhood. Always.
Some of my most cherished memories growing up are from times spent with family and friends celebrating the Feast of St. Josephs at Great Uncle Mike and Aunt Vinci Militello’s home on School Street here in Gloucester.
For as far back as I can remember…. March 11-19th was spent in their home honoring St Joseph with traditional song and prayer. All recited in Sicilian. My aunt and uncle’s home altar was one of many set up throughout the city. Dozens of families shared this 9-day tradition honoring St. Joseph.
Twenty five years ago…. there were over 30 families…. who constructed religious altars within their homes, in and around central Gloucester. Each home was open to family, friends, and neighbors who wanted to participate in the 9-day devotion honoring St. Joseph. Women and children gathered and prayed for a special intention every afternoon and or evening around the handcrafted altars.
Each altar was uniquely draped in silk fabrics, Italian lace, and fragrant fresh flowers, which were replaced routinely throughout the Novena.
The shrines were Read more