Preparations For The Fest Of St. Joseph Is Well Underway!
The planning baking, cleaning, and rearrangement of the house has begun! Over the weekend while cleaning, I decided to make a batch of “Rose Pedal Infused Sugar & Rose Pedal Jelly” using rose pedals left over from Valentines Day. My clever way to recycle the fragrant roses into a delightful sweet treat of Heart Shaped Linzer Cookies for my Novena Guest, that will tie in my families “Red Rose” Altar Theme onto the dinner room table where homemade pastries and confections are shared during our traditional nightly “Novena Coffee Time” held after each Rosary!
My Rose Pedal Jelly Recipe is featured in “Gifts Of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia; Harvest” click link below to purchase copies of “Gifts Of Gold”
The feast of St. Joseph isn’t until the 19th, but the celebrations are getting started! Felicia’s St. Joseph Altar was the first one I have blessed this year, and I was very happy to join the family and friends for a magnificent feast yesterday.
The fish was wonderful, and came in many varieties!
They made literally piles of home-made pasta for the occasion.
Fish was just half of the story; there was a variety of salad and antipasto.
And, of course, there were desserts! I particularly liked these nacho-style cannoli!
And of course, Joey was there with is family, along with several other members of the GMG team. Thanks again, Joey, for inviting me to be a part of the GMG family!
– Fr. Matthew Green
Click on the picture for Joey’s slide show which brings us through the first 5 houses on Sefatia’s list of 11 Gloucester St Joseph Novenas. I wish I could have gone to all 11 houses but I wanted the girls to have a good memory of it and as the night wore on I didn’t want to push them too far past their normal 6:30PM bedtime. Look for Manny’s slide show which will have many more of the houses and a ton of pictures of the people who attended the novenas.
I’d like to extend a special thanks to the Fontana, Scola, Russo,Ferrante and Orlando families for opening their houses and continuing this beautiful tradition. I’d also like to thank Sefatia for being a fantastic guide and teacher along the route. She reminded me of many things I’d long forgotten about the traditions and taught me a whole lot more.
Click the picture for my slide show and don’t forget to look for Manny’s slide show which will have many of the faces from the crowd. Also I will post a video each day over the next 5 days from each of the 5 novenas in the order in which we visited them on Sefatia’s list.
Sefatia and our group travel to pay tribute to St Joseph and the women and men that carry on this beautiful tradition.